Crime

Standoff Follows Shootings of 6 Officers in Philadelphia



(Newser)

At least one gunman opened fire on police officers Wednesday as they were serving a warrant in a Philadelphia neighborhood, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the evening, authorities said. None of the officers’ injuries was considered life-threatening, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said. The officers were being treated at hospitals, the AP reports. A shooter remained active as of 7pm in Nicetown, a neighborhood of brick and stone rowhomes, Gripp tweeted. The shooting began around 4:30pm as officers went to a home. Two officers became trapped inside the house amid the gunfire, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Live video from news stations showed a massive police presence, with dozens of squad cars and officers, many of them with guns drawn. Gunshots continued to be heard late Wednesday afternoon. 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. A daycare center near the shooting scene was under lockdown until around 7:10, per the Inquirer, when police said they were escorting 58 children and adults from the center.

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