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Bullets That Hit Police At July 4 Show Likely Fired Far Away

Police begin to search the seating area near the stage after two police officers were shot during the  4th of July celebration in Philadelphia on Monday, July 4, 2022. Two Philadelphia police officers working at the city’s Fourth of July celebration suffered graze wounds when shots rang out, causing scores of frightened people to flee the scene on foot.  (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Police begin to search the seating area near the stage after two police officers were shot during the 4th of July celebration in Philadelphia on Monday, July 4, 2022. Two Philadelphia police officers working at the city’s Fourth of July celebration suffered graze wounds when shots rang out, causing scores of frightened people to flee the scene on foot. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Philadelphia (AP) -- Bullets that grazed two police officers during a Fourth of July fireworks show in Philadelphia, prompting an evacuation that sent scores of people running from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, came from the same weapon but were probably fired from “quite a distance away,” authorities said.

Chief Inspector Frank Vanore of the Philadelphia Police Department told reporters Wednesday that one .40 caliber round “probably coming in a downward direction” hit the top of an officer's hat and was found inside. At about the same time Monday night, an officer about 20 feet (6 meters) away was cut on the shoulder by a round from the same gun.