Six Police Officers Shot in Ongoing Active Shooting in Philadelphia

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by Tess Owen
Aug 15 2019, 12:36am

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Multiple police officers have been wounded by gunfire on Wednesday afternoon while they were responding to an active shooting situation in north Philadelphia.

Overhead video footage showed dozens of uniformed officers taking shelter behind parked cars or lining up beside walls in the Nicetown-Tioga area of Philadelphia on the 3700 block of North 15th Street. Others officers were actively exchanging gunfire with a suspect or suspects in a residence near Temple University Health Sciences Center and Campus, which was placed on lockdown. An armored vehicle was also called to the scene.

At least six officers were shot and transferred to area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries, police officials confirmed. Another was injured in a crash at the scene of the shooting, which began around 4:30 p.m.

By 7:00 p.m., officers were attempting to communicate with the shooter or shooters, encouraging their surrender. ATF officers had also responded to the scene to assist Philadelphia police. Some Philadelphia officers were initially investigating reports of narcotics activity, according to CBS.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a No Fly Zone over the scene, with the exception of police helicopters.

Cover image: Philadelphia police stage as they respond to an active shooting situation, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

This article originally appeared on VICE US.

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