Philadelphia, March 31, 2020 – Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) today issued the following statement in response to a mass shooting that took place in North Philadelphia on Monday night:
“Ending the epidemic of gun violence in our city has always been a top priority. As we have said time and time again, every act of gun violence diminishes us all.
Yet these senseless acts of gun violence continue at a time when our city needs unity more than ever to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Last night, in a particularly egregious act, five people, including a toddler, were shot in North Philadelphia at a birthday party.
The lawlessness and thoughtlessness of those who would pick up a gun and fire it into a crowd must be strongly condemned. I commend the work of the Philadelphia Police who continue to enforce the law and protect residents from violence in these challenging times.
We continue to be indebted to our city’s healthcare workers, whose commitment to saving lives gives us all hope.”
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