'It's like a war zone': At least 6 Philadelphia police officers shot in 'active and ongoing' standoff

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This is the second major police shooting this week. The first occurred at a California traffic stop. USA TODAY

PHILADELPHIA — At least six Philadelphia police officers were shot Wednesday in an “active and ongoing” shooting situation, authorities said.

At least one shooter remained active into the evening hours in the city’s Nicetown neighborhood, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp tweeted. All injured officers were transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

“This situation is in no way resolved,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. told reporters at 8 p.m., describing the situation as “volatile” and adding, “We are trying to talk to this male. We are trying to get him to come out peacefully.”

The shooter “has the highest assurance he won’t be harmed if he comes out,” Ross said.

Gunshots were heard again at 8:25 p.m.

More than three hours after the first reports of shots, Broad Street was closed at Ontario Street, with at least 50 police cars at the scene. SWAT teams, military trucks and counterterroism forces were also at the scene.

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Listen to the Philadelphia Police radio from 4:35 to 5:05 during the shooting of six officers. Photos/ AP. Jenna Miller, The News Journal

Residents were lingering around the perimeter of the crime scene, an area that is typically busy with shoppers, diners and people returning home from work.

“It’s like a war zone,” Marica Bing said.

“It’s really scary that this is going on in a regular residential area,” Asya Richardson added.

On her way home from work, Kiersten Gray saw helicopters and police cars and decided to stop at the scene.

“This is absolutely insane,” she said.

For Rysheana Hightower, Wednesday’s situation was a terrible reminder: Her brother, Rashid, was shot and killed in the area 14 years ago, she said.

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“The sickness of some of the individuals in the world we live in,” she said. “The world is a sad place.”

Nearby Temple University tweeted updates on the situation, instructing students to seek shelter. Their Health Sciences Center campus was briefly on lockdown.

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

President Donald Trump was briefed and “continues to monitor the situation,” the White House said in a statement on Wednesday night.

This is the second major police shooting this week. Three California Highway Patrol officers were shot, one fatally, on Monday after a motorist opened fire during a traffic stop near Interstate 215 in Riverside, California.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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