Two carjackers, who plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Philadelphia on Friday and killed three people in the process, remain at large. Three others were seriously injured, a police spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times.
The incident began when two male carjackers stole a woman’s vehicle in the northern part of the city sometime after 11 a.m. local time, according to a Philadelphia Police Department news release.
The men drove about two miles to the intersection of Germantown and Allegheny avenues, when they struck a crowd of pedestrians, police said. Two victims, only identified as juveniles, were pronounced dead at the scene and several others were taken to an area hospital in critical condition, the police said in a statement.
Officer Jillian Russell, a department spokesperson, told The Times, a third victim died at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children at 1:55 p.m.
Russell said the other two victims who died were a juvenile and a teenager. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, one of the deceased victims was a 10-year-old boy, though police have not identified or released the ages of the victims.
The carjackers fled the scene of the crime by foot, authorities said, and police are offering a $40,000 reward for information leading to their capture. Russell said the stolen car was not being pursued by police at the time of the crash.
Jeremy Walter, a spokesperson for Temple Hospital in Philadelphia, told the Los Angeles Times that at least two of the surviving victims were being treated at the facility.
One was listed in good condition while the other was listed in critical condition, he said.
The crash comes on the heels of a July 5th fire, where four children, all under the age of 4, were killed.
On Thursday, the city’s medical examiner confirmed a 17-year-old girl was one of two women who died of injuries suffered when a food truck blew up in the city earlier this month.