Philly police arrest 52 people in connection with rioting, looting

Police say among the 52 arrested so far are three juveniles

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

At least 52 people have now been arrested after a looting spree that took place across Philadelphia on Tuesday evening.

According to Fox 29, police say among the 52 arrested so far are three juveniles. Two firearms have also been recovered.

Police are also investigating an incident that occurred in Northeast Philadelphia on Tuesday night, where seven vehicles were stolen from a car lot. At least one of these vehicles has been recovered.

Authorities are investigating the possibility that a "caravan" of vehicles was involved in the hours-long looting spree, driving from location to location across the city. Interim Commissioner John Stanford said that some of those allegedly involved in the caravan have been arrested. 

Lululemon, the Apple Store, and Footlocker in Center City were damaged in what police called a "coordinated attack." Around 100 people, many of which were juveniles, reportedly gathered in Center City.

In Northeast Philadelphia, the owner of Bruce Goldberg Northeast Pharmacy said that 40 bags of prescriptions filled for customers, which included blood pressure and AIDS medication, were stolen.

The wave of looting occurred the same day a judge dismissed charges against former police officer Mark Dial in the shooting death of Eddie Irizarry. Police body camera footage shown at the hearing revealed Irizarry holding a knife as police approached his vehicle during the traffic stop.

One of those arrested, Dayjia Blackwell, who is also referred to as "Meatball," was seen live streaming the chaos, chanting "Everybody must eat, everybody must eat, everybody must eat" as looters were seen entering a liquor store that was broken into.

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