The shooting happened outside The TLA concert hall at 330 South Street around 8:20 p.m., Philadelphia Police said. Rapper Lil Durk had a concert scheduled at 7 p.m.
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Chief Inspector Scott Small tells NBC10 officers heard a scuffle happening near the theater before the gunfire erupted. Witnesses said they heard three gunshots and saw the victim lying on the ground bleeding.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital with a gunshot wound to his abdomen, police said. He could not be saved.
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Small said the suspected shooter jumped into a limo and fled the scene. Officers caught up with the vehicle a few blocks away along Christopher Columbus Boulevard. Three men were taken into custody for questioning by homicide detectives, Small said. A handgun was also recovered.
An often popular section of South Street, the thoroughfare was packed with people when the shooting happened.
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The Lil Durk concert had not yet started when bullets began flying and hundreds of people were standing on the sidewalk at the time, according to Small. Videos posted to social media sites show people hiding in shops following the shooting.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates. NBC10 has crews on the scene gathering more information.
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SOUTH STREET (WPVI) --
One person is dead after gunfire erupted on South Street Friday night. Now Philadelphia police are searching for the gunman.
It happened around 8:10 p.m. on the 300 block of South Street, outside the Theater of the Living Arts.
An Action News viewer sent us video from the scene in the moments following the shooting.
@6abc Shooting at TLA at the lil dirt show pic.twitter.com/HuUWeFFBUk
— Nun Ur Business (@GIZMOTO86) September 5, 2015
A 25-year-old man was shot at least one time in the abdomen. he was transported to Hahnemann University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police Chief Inspector Scott Small explains, "This was not a 911 call. Police officers patrolling the area observed the scuffle then heard a gunshot. As you can image, shortly after 8 on South Street there are literally hundreds of people on the sidewalks and traffic is very, very heavy."
The suspected shooter was wearing a black t-shirt with the letters "OTF" on the front. Authorities say he was possibly seen in a limousine heading east on South Street. That limousine was stopped at the corner of Columbus Boulevard and the South Street Bridge, and the three men inside were taken in for questioning.
Police also say they recovered a handgun inside the wheel well of a vehicle parked on South American Street.
According to the TLA's Facebook page, Lil Durk with Gunplay, Hypno Carlito, Money June, Chic Raw, Joey G, Los & Deniro, CONCEPTZ, and DJ Ant were scheduled to perform at the venue Friday night.