5 police officers shot in Philadelphia

A Philadelphia police sergeant says five officers have been shot in what's still an active shooting situation in the city.

Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp tweeted shortly before 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday that all of the injuries are considered non-life-threatening and that the officers were taken to local hospitals.

He added that the suspect is still firing and warned people to stay out of the Nicetown neighbourhood.

Live video from news stations showed a massive police presence in a neighbourhood with dozens of police cars and officers, many of them with their guns drawn.

A still image taken from video shows police vehicles gathered in the streets in Philadelphia. Police said several officers were shot in an 'ongoing' shooting in the city. (Reuters)

Gunshots could also be heard late Wednesday afternoon.

One officer appeared injured and was taken away in a police car. Video also showed two other officers carrying a man and putting him in the back of a police car.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said numerous agents are responding to the scene to assist Philadelphia police.

Police are asking that news helicopters stay away from the area as they are hindering operations.

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