One Dead, Eight Injured In Graduation Party Shooting

One person has died and eight people were shot at a graduation party in Philadelphia, police say.

The incident happened shortly after 10 p.m. on the 6900 block of Reed Bird Place in the city’s Southwest Philadelphia neighbourhood.

Police say four juveniles between the ages of 15 and 17 years old were shot. All of four teens are expected to recover.

Four adults were shot to various parts of their body, police say. One died and the three other adult victims are expected to be OK.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says the there were about eight or nine shots fired.

Speaking to reporters, Ross described the incident as "carnage", and said it came at the end of a "particularly violent weekend"; more than a dozen people have been shot since late Friday, with no arrests so far.

"What you've got to get at is the hearts and minds of people who want to pull out a gun and fire at 60 people," Ross said.

Richard Ross
Police Commissioner Richard Ross speaking to media. Photo: CBS.

"That is something that's even more troubling, that you could do that realising the carnage you could cause, that was caused out here tonight."

"That is deeply disturbing to us."

It is unclear at this time how many shooters there were or what prompted the shooting.

Police say there are no preliminary signs of a fight or argument that preceded the shooting.

No arrests have been made.

Authorities are actively investigating the shooting.