Thousands of black teenagers swarmed a South Philadelphia neighborhood Saturday night forcing businesses to lock their doors to keep their patrons safe inside. Several white workers were attacked, but none were seriously injured. A police captain says that gunshots were fired, but no one was hit. (Click here for a gallery showing images the mob as well as some white workers who were attacked).
A similar "flash mob" took place on the same street last May, in which black teenagers looted a convenience store, carjacked and crashed a taxi cab, and pulled white motorists from their vehicles and assaulted them. In addition to the two South Philly incidents, mobs of black teenagers have attacked pedestrians in the Center City neighborhood three times in the last three months.
Police say the black teenagers are using social networking sites to coordinate their mayhem. The flash mob last May was organized via the website OurSpace, which is "an online social location that provides African Americans a superior way to connect with others whom share similar experiences and perspectives." One of the Center City mobs was organized via Facebook, and last night's flash mob was organized via Twitter.
Update (3/22): Although the mainstream media continues to ignore the story, Drudge has posted a link to an article this incident: "2 Severely Beaten During Latest Philly 'Flash Mob'..." Early reports that no one was seriously injured were incorrect. A 27-year-old woman [race unknown] was brutally attacked after being surrounded by scores of people. The mob broke her nose and knocked out two teeth.
Update (3/25): The New York Times picked up the story and, amazingly, pointed out that the flash mob participants are black and the areas hit have been "predominantly white business districts." During the most recent flash mob, participants shouted "black boys" and "burn the city."
In the first photo, taken last night, black teenagers are shown rampaging through South Philadelphia. In the second photo, taken today, a white deliveryman shows off bruises he received after being attacked by the black mob.
These photos show the aftermath of a similar flash mob on the same street last May. The first photo shows a taxi cab that was carjacked and crashed. The second photo shows the arm of a white woman who was attacked.