Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Commissioner Danielle Outlaw visit South Street to discuss safety with business owners

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — For the first time since Saturday’s mass shooting on South Street, residents and business owners have had the chance to air their concerns face to face with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.

Ishkabbibles, on the 300 block of South Street, now closes three hours earlier on Friday and Saturday nights.

“Due to the combination of the pandemic, and also a recommendation from the police not to open too late,” owner Young Ahn said.

Ahn has owned the business for 21 years. He said the violence had steadily escalated, but he feared that if officers blocked the street at the weekend, he would miss many third-party app delivery opportunities.

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Saturday night’s shooting, which left three dead and 11 injured, raises questions about the safety of customers and business owners.

So far, two arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

State Rep. Amen Brown said it’s time to see street closures, much like the region saw on Sunday. A state of emergency would last two weeks to stem the violence.

“We always say, ‘Enough is enough,’ so what does that look like? When are we going to start moving towards a solution?” Brown said.

Kenney said tougher gun laws are the solution, not a declaration of emergency. But, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office said the two men seen on video shooting each other Saturday night were cleared to carry.

“Now you just have to apply for one (firearms license). We had a situation where you had to do intensive background checks on people for concealed carry permits, now the courts have told us that we couldn’t do that,” Kenny said.

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Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said her department needs to work proactively, but the response won’t be more officers a few yards down the commercial corridor.

“It nips other quality of life issues in the bud before it morphs or blossoms into something bigger,” Outlaw said.

Despite large crowds gathering, extremely loud music, fights, dirt bike and ATV traffic, police made no arrests or quality of life citations Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. .

On Tuesday evening, police said they were looking for a third suspect wanted in connection with the mass shooting.

Police released an image of the wanted man, saying he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS. A reward of up to $30,000 is being offered, police said.

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