Police: Gunman shooting at police officers in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – 12:15 p.m.Update

Authorities say a gunman who barricaded himself for hours inside a Philadelphia home, shooting at and wounding six officers, is in police custody.

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

The Latest on several police officers shot in Philadelphia (all times local):
8:30 p.m.

Police say an hours long standoff with a gunman barricaded inside a northern Philadelphia home is continuing into the night as the shooter ignores officers.

Commissioner Richard Ross said during a Wednesday night news conference the “very volatile” situation is still unfolding.

Six officers were struck. All are in stable condition. Ross said other officers were injured responding to the scene.

Ross said officers were serving a narcotics warrant at the home and had already entered when gunfire erupted.

Ross said the gunman fired multiple rounds and officers returned fire. He said many “had to escape through windows and doors to get (away) from a barrage of bullets.”

Two officers remained inside the home, but Ross says he believes they are OK.

Ross said officers have been calling the gunman and he has picked up but did not speak to them.

5:44 p.m. UPDATE

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.

Police tell CBS3 that the injuries the officers sustained are believed to be non-life-threatening.

Police say a male shooter is still inside the property at the active scene.

Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross are heading to Temple University Hospital.

Chopper 3 was over the scene where police could be seen taking a man into custody. Its not clear what the mans role was in the incident.

Police say the shooting happened on the 3700 block of North 15th Street, where its still an active scene.

Police were first called to the scene for narcotics activity, according to Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew.

Sources tell CBS3 that the scene is sheer chaos as officers were taking fire. Video from Chopper 3 shows officers with guns drawn at the scene. You can hear suspected multiple gun shots in video from CBS3.

The scene of the shooting is right down the street from Temple Hospital.

There is a large police presence and citizens are advised to avoid the area. Several blocks around the scene have been cordoned off. Most of North Philadelphia is in gridlock due to the police presence.

Temple University says a lockdown is in effect for the Health Sciences Center Campus due to the police presence.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say several Philadelphia police officers have been shot 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.

Temple University tweeted that it has locked down its Health Sciences Center Campus.

Video shows a massive police presence with dozens of police cars and officers, many of them with 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 car.

It’s unknown if any officers have been shot.

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

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