‘Try to be safe and smart’: Gun violence issues raise concerns for visitors traveling to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — In the wake of the Ben Franklin Parkway shooting and ongoing gun violence across the city, some visitors to Philadelphia say they are now more vigilant when traveling to events.

“We had bought the tickets ahead of time, so we were like going to the game, hoping things will go well,” said Lancaster’s Howard Miller, who was traveling to a Philadelphia Phillies game.

Miller says he feels okay about his safety but not about the increase in gun violence.

“It’s kind of disheartening how things are in the gun violence world today,” Miller said.

The July 4th shooting on the Parkway that injured two police officers continues to be investigated with no arrests.

“I find it terrible. I find it very sad and my heart goes out to the families of the people who were hurt,” said Katharine Kurnas from Strasbourg.

People Action News spoke to them and felt safe at sporting events, but they are more aware of their surroundings in the city.

“With gun violence on the rise, I feel like I have to turn my head upside down,” said Justin Starkman from Holland. “If you change your plans because of lunatics out there with guns or whatever, you let them win. I wouldn’t change my plans. I would just try to be safe and smart when I’m out there.”

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