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FOP Lodge 5 offering $20K reward for info on Philadelphia 4th of July shooting that injured 2 police officers

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 is offering $20,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect or suspects who shot two police officers during the city's Fourth of July celebration on Monday night. A massive crowd of spectators gathered in Philadelphia to watch performers, including Jason Derulo, and fireworks to celebrate America's independence when gunshots erupted. Hugh E. Dillon, a photographer and owner of Philly Chit Chat, details the chaos after a shooting at 4th of July celebrations in Philadelphia.Authorities say a large police presence responded to the 2500 block of Spring Garden Street around 10 p.m.A Philadelphia police officer assigned to patrol suffered a graze wound to the head and the bullet miraculously lodged in his hat instead of striking his head, authorities say. Bullet lodged in hat of Philadelphia officer shot during Fourth of July celebration.

(John McNesby)RELATED COVERAGEA second officer, a member of the Montgomery County bomb squad, was shot in the right shoulder, according to police. "We were inches away from planning a funeral for at least one brave Philadelphia Highway Patrol officer as a bullet lodged in his cap," said FOP Lodge #5 President John McNesby. "There are too many guns on our streets and far too many individuals acting recklessly with these deadly weapons." The group says tips from the public will help solve the case. "Police need our help to solve this horrible crime," FOP Lodge #5 said.

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'We live in America': Kenney reacts to shooting of officers, says he's looking forward to not being mayor
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney reacted to the news of two police officers being shot at Fourth of July festivities and says he's looking forward to the time he will no longer lead the city. On Monday, a large police presence responded to the 2500 block of Spring Garden Street where a massive crowd gathered to watch Jason Derulo performing at the Wawa Welcome America concert and firework show, authorities say. According to officials, a Philadelphia police officer assigned to highway patrol was grazed in the head and another officer, who was a member of the Montgomery County bomb squad, was shot in the shoulder. Both officers were taken to Jefferson University Hospital, where they were treated before being released, says Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. The gunfire caused the massive crowd of spectators to scatter in the middle of the fireworks show, causing chaos and confusion as people began running. Two police officers suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds when gunfire erupted at a large 4th of July fireworks display in Philadelphia.Kenney and Outlaw spoke to reporters outside of Jefferson Hospital about the incident and gun violence in Philadelphia. Kenney said the day was going smooth at first and described the event as "laid back" and "chill" before shooting began. "[The] weather was beautiful. [The] concert was beautiful, but we live in America and we have the Second Amendment, and we have the Supreme Court of the United States telling everybody they can carry a gun whenever they want," he said.
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