The Nicetown-Tioga area of north Philadelphia erupted in gunfire in the past hour and the shooting is still ongoing.
Update – Multiple injuries to Officers. 5 PPD Officers Shot – at area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries. Shooting still active. Avoid area. MEDIA – STOP BROADCASTING TACTICAL POSITIONS OF OFFICERS
— Eric Gripp (@PPDEricGripp) August 14, 2019
There are not a lot of details available at this time. This was published at 2:56 p.m. Pacific in the Washington Post:
Dramatic live footage from media helicopters showed scores of officers swarming a home in a residential neighborhood. On the ground, reporters’ microphones picked up sounds of gunfire.
Authorities have not yet provided details about what led to the shootout.
One officer was shot in the head, but is “conscious and communicating,” police told the Philadelphia Inquirer. A second officer was hit in one or both arms, and the third and fourth suffered unknown gunshot wounds.
The local CBS affiliate reported that officials believe the injuries to be “non-life-threatening.”
This is a developing story and will be updated. in the meantime, bear in mind that we had the Gilroy shooting on July 28, followed by the El Paso shooting on August 3, and Dayton on August 4.
UPDATE: As of 4:30 p.m. Pacific, six officers have been shot. One suspect has been apprehended but shooting was still going on as of 45 minutes ago. Raw Story has audio of the police dispatcher and police talking when the incident began. I can’t embed it here, but you can hit the link.
UPDATE: As of 4:33 p.m. Pacific, CNN is reporting:
Two officers remain trapped inside the house where the shootout first erupted this afternoon, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross tells the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Philadelphia officers are trying to communicate with the shooter, a police sergeant said.