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At least 6 police officers shot in Philadelphia active shooting incident

Crime scene tape (Dreamstime/TNS)
August 14, 2019

An active shooting incident is taking place in Philadelphia and six police officers have been shot.

Eric Gripp, spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department, tweeted at 6:18 p.m. EST saying, “UPDATE: Suspect is still firing. SIX (6) PPD Officers shot – at area hospitals with non life threatening injuries. Additional officers also receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries. Continue to avoid area. Situation is active and ongoing.”

Less than half an hour earlier, Gripp has tweeted, “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”

“Suspect is still firing. STAY OUT OF THE AREA,” Gripp tweeted at 5:57 p.m.

CBS Philly reported earlier that at least five Philadelphia police officers were shot in an incident in the city’s Nicetown-Tioga district on Wednesday evening.

Some reports have suggested that the incident was gang-related and involved multiple suspects.

Video showed officers taking defensive positions in what was described as a standoff with a suspect.

Gripp tweeted at 5:13 p.m. EST, “Shooting situation ACTIVE and ONGOING on 3700 15th St. Avoid Area. Several PPD Officers have been injured. Updates will be provided as received.”

Gripp first confirmed at 4:45 p.m. EST that a suspect was shooting at police. “Shooting incident 3700 N 15th Street. Suspect/(s) firing at police. Large police presence. AVOID AREA,” he tweeted.

The shooting took place nearby Temple University Hospital, and the university issued a lockdown for the entire medical complex.