Gunman opens fire on Philadelphia streets, killing 4 and wounding 2

Four people were killed and two others injured in Philadelphia when a gunman, wearing a bulletproof vest, opened fire on Monday night.

The incident: Four males aged between 20 and 59 were killed and two others, a 2-year-old and a 13-year-old, were injured during a shooting in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia.
* The suspect, arrested by the police, was found to be wearing a bulletproof vest and had multiple magazines on him along with an “AR-style rifle” and a handgun.
* The area covered by the crime scene was a two-by-four block area which held 50 spent shell casings.

Suspect and aftermath: The local authorities took a suspect into custody.
* Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw disclosed that the suspect had an “AR-style rifle”, a handgun, a scanner, and multiple magazines in his bulletproof vest.
* Outlaw confirmed that the police are canvassing the area and attempting to identify witnesses and locate cameras to understand why the shooting occurred.

Context: The incident adds to a growing number of mass shootings in the U.S. this year.
* This incident in Philadelphia comes a day after a shooting at a holiday block party in Baltimore that resulted in two deaths and 28 injuries.
* According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been at least 339 mass shootings in the U.S. so far this year, with a mass shooting defined as an instance where at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter.

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