Two police shot at Philadelphia July Fourth celebration

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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) — Two Philadelphia police officers were shot after a “security incident” near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as thousands of people celebrated Fourth of July concert and fireworks show, local officials and media said.

“There is a security incident on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway,” emergency authorities said. Local media said two police officers were shot.

Both officers were in stable condition, CBS3 Philadelphia said, citing the police department. Police were searching for the shooter.

Video cited by local media showed large crowds of people running from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Police instructed people in surrounding buildings to shelter in place.

“I didn’t hear the shots, but the cops were, like, ‘Run, run, run,’” one woman told an NBC affiliate.

Earlier in the day in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, a gunman on a rooftop opened fire on families waving flags and children riding bikes at a Fourth of July parade, killing six and wounding more than 36. 

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