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Riots Break Out in West Philadelphia After Fatal Shooting of Black Suspect

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Crowds of people took the streets and started rioting in West Philadelphia overnight after Philadelphia police officers shot and killed a black suspect armed with a knife.

Crowds of people took the streets and started rioting in West Philadelphia overnight after Philadelphia police officers shot and killed a black suspect armed with a knife.

The suspect was identified by his family as Walter Wallace Jr. who was shot at approximately 4 p.m. at 61st and Locust streets. 

The Penn Presbyterian Medical Center announced that Wallace was dead on arrival. 

A video shot by a bystander showed that Wallace Jr. was armed with a knife when he was approached by officers before they opened fire because he allegedly refused to drop his weapon.  

Philadelphia Police spokesperson Sgt. Eric Gripp said that Wallace advanced toward the officers instead of disarming which prompted them to fire.

In response to the video of the shooting, citizens went out on the streets and started vandalizing shops and throwing bricks and rocks along 52nd and Chestnut street.

Several shops were also reported looted as the angry crowd marched toward the 18th District police headquarters.

The police reported that  30 people were arrested for throwing rocks and bricks at police or looting while 30 police officers were hurt including one sergeant who was ran over by a pickup truck.

Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, and District Attorney Larry Krasner released statements that the incident would be investigated.