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6 Philadelphia police officers wounded in shooting

Six Philadelphia police officers were shot and wounded in a drug raid on a home, and two officers who had been trapped inside the house with the shooter were out safely Thursday evening, police said. 

Three hours into the standoff, Philadelphia Police said all of the wounded officers were in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp said the injured officers had been taken to local hospitals. There were no reports of civilians being harmed.

Gripp tweeted shortly after 9:30 p.m. ET that officers were continuing to try to get the shooter to come out peacefully. 

Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said earlier that two officers were trapped inside the house where the shooting first erupted, the Philadelphia Inquirer[2] reported.

In a news conference later in the evening, he said the situation was "very volatile" and was still unfolding.

People were warned to stay inside their homes and to avoid Nicetown, a north Philadelphia neighbourhood of brick and stone row homes where the shooting began around 4:30 p.m. Shots were still being fired three hours later, police said.

Police stand near the scene of an active shooter situation in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. says officers used a bullhorn and involved a family member of the suspect as they tried to negotiate his surrender. (Bastiaan Slabbers/Reuters)

Officers had gone to the home to serve a warrant, according to authorities.

"Many of them had to escape through windows and doors to escape from a barrage of bullets," Ross Jr. said.

He added that the shooter continued firing on a SWAT truck parked at the scene in Nicetown as officers tried negotiating with him.

Police called the man's phone, talked with him on a bullhorn and involved a family member in the negotiations, Ross Jr. said.

"I'm worried about a potential hostage situation and we've got to get that resolved," said Ross Jr., adding that he believed the two officers trapped inside the home were not wounded.

"We are trying to get him to come out peacefully," he said, declining to confirm whether there was more than one shooter. "There's no indication that he's trying to surrender. We do know that he is still alive, there's no question of that because of the shots that keep ringing out."

Large police presence

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.

Police tried to push crowds of onlookers and residents back from the scene. In police radio broadcasts, officers could be heard calling for backup as reports of officers getting shot poured in.

People were warned to stay out of the Nicetown neighbourhood. (Matt Rourke/The Associated Press)

Dozens of officers on foot lined the streets. Others were in cars and some on horses.

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.

Meanwhile, Temple University locked down part of its campus.

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

Police asked that news helicopters stay away from the area as they were hindering operations.

U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting and was monitoring the situation, the White House said.

Philadelphia police respond to an active shooting on Wednesday in the Nicetown neighbourhood of Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/The Associated Press)

References

  1. ^ @PPDEricGripp (twitter.com)
  2. ^ Philadelphia Inquirer (www.inquirer.com)

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