This 4th of July, in the year of our Lord 2022, has been a rather bleak one for Americans.
Not only have we arrived at one of the most tumultuous times in the history of our political system, but we’ve done so violently, and without much regard for what was left of our humanity.
As many Americans began to crane their necks towards the sky, Philadelphians were running for their lives.
A manhunt is underway for a suspect who shot two police officers at a Fourth of July gathering in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Monday before fleeing the scene, officials said.
The shooting took place around 10 p.m. near the Parkway Welcome America events.
It appears as though the gunman was targeting the police.
A Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol officer suffered a graze wound to the head. The other officer was shot in the shoulder and was with the Montgomery County Bomb Unit, according to Fox 29 of Philadelphia. Both officers are in stable condition.
The terrifying moment was captured on social media:
Crowd running away from the shooting during the Parkway Fireworks#Philadelphia #Shooter pic.twitter.com/q1VanmrVzN
— Tyler Doudrick (@Doudrick) July 5, 2022
🚨#BREAKING: Reports or active shooter at Ben Franklin Parkway during firework show in Philly
📌#Philadelphia | #PA
Right now multiple authorities are responding to a active shooter situation at Ben Franklin Parkway
during firework show in Philadelphia causing mass panic pic.twitter.com/4v521s6AfO
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) July 5, 2022
People run for blocks from the Welcome America Festival on the Ben Franklin Parkway after two police officers were shot while working in the area of 2500 Spring Garden Street. A truly terrifying scene on what was supposed to be a night of celebration. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/Bye1OEzQmF
— Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3) July 5, 2022
As of 11pm on Monday, the shooter is still at large.