UPDATE (10:24 p.m.): PHILADELPHIA (AP) — At least one gunman opened fire on police Wednesday as they were serving a drug warrant in Philadelphia, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the night, authorities said.
Two other officers were trapped inside the house for about five hours after the shooting broke out but were freed by a SWAT team well after darkness fell on the residential neighborhood.
None of the officers’ injuries was considered life-threatening and they were being treated at hospitals, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said.
The shooting began around 4:30 p.m. as officers went to a home in a north Philadelphia neighborhood of brick and stone rowhomes to serve a narcotics warrant in an operation “that went awry almost immediately,” Police Commissioner Richard Ross said.
“I was just coming off the train and I was walking upstairs and there were people running back downstairs who said that there was someone up there shooting cops,” said Abdul Rahman Muhammad, 21, an off-duty medic. “There was just a lot of screaming and chaos.”
Many officers “had to escape through windows and doors to get (away) from a barrage of bullets,” Ross said.
Shots were still being fired three hours later, police said, and officers returned fire.
“It’s nothing short of a miracle that we don’t have multiple officers killed today,” the commissioner said.
Around 9:30 p.m., police said, a SWAT team freed the two officers who had been trapped inside, along with three people identified as prisoners, but the gunman remained barricaded.
Police were imploring him to surrender, at one point patching in his lawyer on the phone with him to try to persuade him to give up, Ross said.
“We’re doing everything within our power to get him to come out,” Ross said, adding: “He has the highest assurance he’s not going to be harmed when he comes out.”
Temple University locked down part of its campus, and several children and staff were trapped for some time in a nearby day care.
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.
Dozens of officers on foot lined the streets. Others were in cars and some on horses.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said its agents responded to the scene to assist Philadelphia police.
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr were briefed on the shooting, officials said.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he was thankful that officers’ injuries weren’t life-threatening.
“I’m a little angry about someone having all that weaponry and all that firepower, but we’ll get to that another day,” Kenney said.
UPDATE (10:15 p.m.): (CBS) —At least six Philadelphia police officers were shot during a gun battle in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section and rushed to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, authorities say.
Two officers and three others who were trapped inside the home with the shooter were safely evacuated several hours after the standoff began. The gunman remains armed inside the house.
“We have gone from a hostage situation to a barricade,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said.
Ross said that the two officers and three others inside the home took fire during the incident.
All six officers wounded in the shooting have been released from the hospital. Another officer injured in a car crash on the way to the scene still remains hospitalized.
Ross says they are still working on getting the gunman to surrender.
“We are trying to get him to come out peacefully, but he is refusing to do so,” Ross said.
Ross added that it was a miracle officers weren’t killed during the incident today.
Police say officers were serving a narcotics warrant on the 3700 block of North 15th Street around 4:30 p.m. when the suspect opened fire. As police exchanged gunfire, officers escaped through windows and doors.
UPDATE (6:10 p.m.): (CBS/AP) — 6 Philadelphia police officers were shot, but none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening, according to the Philadelphia CBS station.
UPDATE (6:02 p.m.): Several Philadelphia police officers were shot Wednesday afternoon in what is being called an “active and ongoing” shooting situation in the city.
Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp tweeted there was at least one suspect firing at police officers in the city’s Nicetown neighborhood.
A police spokesman confirmed the shooting but offered no other information.
Live video from news stations shows a massive police presence in a neighborhood with dozens of police cars and officers, many of them with their guns drawn.
Gunshots are continuing to 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.
Gripp said officers were taken to Temple University Hospital. But the hospital wouldn’t provide the officers’ conditions.
The 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.
UPDATE (5:42 p.m.): At least four Philadelphia police officers were shot in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section and rushed to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon.
Another officer suffered a non-shooting injury during the incident.
The officers were taken to Temple University Hospital, where dozens of officers have surrounded the hospital.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross are heading to Temple University Hospital.
Police say the shooting happened on the 3700 block of North 15th Street, where it’s still an active scene.
Police were first called to the scene for narcotics activity, according to Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew.
The scene of the shooting is right down the street from Temple Hospital.
UPDATE (5:32 p.m.): Authorities say several Philadelphia police officers have been injured in an “active and ongoing” shooting situation in the city.
Sgt. Eric Gripp tweeted there was at least one suspect firing at police officers Wednesday afternoon.
A police spokesman confirmed the shooting in the Nicetown section of the city but offered no other information.
Temple University tweeted that it has locked down its Health Sciences Center Campus.
Video shows a massive police presence in a neighborhood with dozens of police cars and officers, many of them with their guns drawn.
One officer appeared injured and was taken away in a police car. Video also showed two other officers carrying a man and putting them in the back of a police car.
It’s unknown if any police officers have been shot.
ORIGINAL STORY: Police say several officers injured in ‘active and ongoing’ shooting situation in Philadelphia.