A resident smoked a cigarette while walking along the gates to the old West Philadelphia High School. Police lights painted the fence red and blue. Police officers directed all residents and bystanders away from the area on 48th and Walnut streets.
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Philadelphia Police roped off 48th and Locust streets.
Local residents, roused by the noise of sirens and helicopters, stood on their stoops watching the scene.
Nicholas Glenn, the suspect identified by police who went on a shooting rampage on Friday night, has past charges filed against him.
Philadelphia Police established a perimeter from Market to Pine streets and from 47th to 53rd streets.
Auto theft, robbery and vandalism are among the crimes in the Penn Patrol Zone in the past week.
Adrienne Wallace, Penn alum: "He did very well today . . . I think he's the best president we've had in my lifetime. . . . He's effective, especially with his international relations and relationships with different people and different dictators. . . . I say he's the man, honey."
Erica Sullivan: "This was my third time seeing [the president] . . . It was really important that I was here today. . . . There were so many different emotions [during his speech]. There were tears, moments of sadness, joy, excitement for what's to come for the future, inspiration, just so many different feelings were put forth. But mostly I felt a little more hopeful."
Ian Mosley with his wife and son. "I had never seen President Obama in person before . . . I wanted to get out here to see him live and also try to have the opportunity to at least shake his hand and say, 'Thank you" for the eight years he's given us, not only this country but the entire world, and especially to say thank you for what he's done for black people and minorities in general. . . . He has broken a glass ceiling that will never be put together again. He's given hope and inspiration to many people who thought it would be impossible to occupy [the White House]."
Mark Collins's thoughts after President Obama's rally. "I thought he was fantastic. He delivered the speech in such a sincere and overwhelming way." Regarding marriage equality: "I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime. It was amazing. It knocked me over. I've been with my partner for sixteen years, and we adopted in 2004 two children, two baby boys from Guatemala. It was just the final piece to the puzzle, being able to make everything legal."
Djenabou Fane, who moved to United States in 1990: "I've lived in Philadelphia for 26 years. I am an American citizen, but I have never seen anything like this [in reference to attending the rally]. . . . I hope Hillary Clinton will be the next president for us. I hope if she's president she'll help everybody, [regardless of] color, everyone is the same."
Vendors swarmed the Ben Franklin Parkway before and after the rally, selling buttons portraying Hillary Clinton and President Obama.
From left to right, Hillary supporters Tasha Stonorov and Margaret Shick. Shick is a Clinton campaign volunteer in Athens, Georgia. Stonorov was thrilled to see President Obama: "I was glad to be a part of the crowd."