Gunman taken alive

UPDATE 9:25 p.m.

A gunman who 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, is in police custody, authorities said.

Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said early Thursday morning that the man was taken into custody after an hourslong standoff with police.

The shooting began around 4:30 p.m. as officers went to a home in a north Philadelphia neighbourhood of brick and stone rowhomes to serve a narcotics warrant in an operation "that went awry almost immediately," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said.

Many officers "had to escape through windows and doors to get (away) from a barrage of bullets," Ross said.

The six officers who were struck by gunfire have been released from hospitals, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp 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 neighbourhood. Three people that officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated.

"It's nothing short of a miracle that we don't have multiple officers killed today," Ross said.

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.

"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."

Police implored the gunman 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 during the standoff. "He has the highest assurance he's not going to be harmed when he comes out."

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.

The Canadian Press

UPDATE 7:30 p.m.

An armed gunman suspected of shooting six police officers remains barricaded inside a Philadelphia home.

Police believe the suspect is uninjured, but can not say for sure. He has not fired his gun off “in a while” after firing shots “all evening,” CNN reports.

A SWAT team has managed to free two wounded police officers and three others who were trapped inside the row house with the shooter. 

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the SWAT team used stealth tactics to extract the group of people, “we don't think he was aware."

The shooting started when police were first called to investigate narcotics activity. Officers were in the kitchen of the home when the shooter opened fire, Ross told reporters. 

"Many of them had to escape through windows and doors," he said, adding the shooter then started firing out the windows. 

All six of the wounded officers have non-life-threatening injuries.

ORIGINAL 4:25 p.m.

At least six police officers have been wounded after a gunman opened fire in Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon.

At least one gunman opened fire in a standoff that is still ongoing.

A massive police presence has swarmed the city’s Nicetown neighbourhood with dozens of police cars and officers, many with guns drawn. 

Live video from the scene showed one man being dragged off and arrested.


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