6 police officers shot in Philadelphia active shooter incident
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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Nine Philadelphia police officers have been injured, six of which were shot, during an active shooter incident in the city's Tioga-Nicetown section on Wednesday.
It started sometime around 4:30 p.m. when police attempted to serve a narcotics warrant at a home along the 3700 block of North 15th Street.
Police officers had entered the house, and once in the kitchen area, located towards the rear of the residence, gunshots rang out.
"The shooter fired multiple rounds. Officers returned fire - many of whom had to escape through windows and doors to get [away] from a barrage of bullets," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross.
The commissioner did confirm that two police officers remained trapped inside the home. However, around 9:20 p.m. police said the officers were safely removed from the home. The shooter remains inside.
There is now a massive police presence on the block where at least one gunman has been opening fire on the authorities positioned outside.
"Despite several attempts to talk to him, both on the loud speaker, on the bullhorn and on telephone, we have not been able to make contact with [the shooter] thus far," Ross said.
Police cars were seen speeding toward the scene as armored vehicles and police in tactical gear converged on the street.
Video showed one officer who appeared injured being taken away in a police car. Another video showed two other officers carrying a man and putting them in the back of a police car.
In another video, bullets can be seen ricocheting off the pavement around police officers positioned outside the home.
One woman said she heard over 100 gunshots and saw people running for their lives.
"I heard so many gunshots... I'm scared," she said.
Police say the six officers shot in the incident were rushed to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. In addition, there were three other officers receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries. All of the officers that were shot have since been released. One officers injured in a car crash while responding to the scene of the shooting has been admitted to the hospital.
Hours after the incident began, police officers were able to safely remove two women and two teenage girls from the area. It is unclear if they came from the home where the shooter is located or from a nearby residence.
As the women and children were escorted to a police vehicle, one of the women said they were not injured and then spoke about the actions of police, saying officers were doing everything they could to keep them safe.
Kenny Williams tells Action News his children were at a nearby day care when shots rang out. He says he got a text message from his daughter, which read: "Dad, you don't have to get us from the day care, there's been a shooting. So we're going to be here for a while."
"When they said it was actually across the street from the day care - it's a parent's nightmare," he added.
Agents from ATF (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) are at the scene to assist.
Temple University's Health Sciences Center campus was placed on lockdown as police worked to secure the area. The lockdown has since been lifted, but university officials continue to urge everyone to avoid the area.
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting in Philadelphia and continues to monitor the situation.
4 officers hurt during Philadelphia shooting incident
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- At least four officers are injured during a shooting incident in the Tioga-Nicetown section of Philadelphia on Wednesday.
It's happening along the 3700 block of North 15th Street.
Chopper 6 is over the massive police presence as officers have guns drawn near a home on the block.
No further information is available at this time.
Stay with Action News as we continue to follow this developing story.
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Bad guy downstairs and has been randomly shooting the whole time. 2 cops have been upstairs with about 5 guys in custody since around the time this all started. SWAT on scene, armored car on the way. Suspect has been livestreaming on Facebook.
SWAT using flashbangs.
58 kids evacuated from nearby daycare.
The two police still trapped in the building are Narcotics Strike Force officers wearing bike uniforms. They have 3 bad guys in custody with them. The guy downstairs (shooter) still hasn't been neutralized.
According to 4chan, the shooter is:
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No idea if that info is accurate. I haven't been reading what they're saying, I just checked the thread.
Cops advising personnel to take cover in the buses or their vehicles due to the storm coming through.
Both officers are rescued from the house and being debriefed by SWAT.