Man opens fire in park, fatally shoots police official’s son

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA – Authorities say a gunman opened fire on a large group in a Philadelphia park, fatally shooting the son of a high-ranking city police official.

But it’s not yet known what sparked the shooting, which occurred around 10 p.m. Saturday in FDR Park.

Authorities say 20-year-old Nicholas Flacco was among several people who had gathered in the park when a man approached them and fired a shot into the air and into the ground. The shooter left but soon came back, firing a shot that struck Flacco, the son of an Internal Affairs commander

Flacco was hit in the chest and was taken to a hospital, but died there a short time later. Authorities say he was a college student who had returned home for the weekend to celebrate his birthday.

No other injuries were reported.

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