Philadelphia police respond to a shooting situation on Wednesday. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption
Philadelphia police respond to a shooting situation on Wednesday.Matt Rourke/AP
Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET
Six Philadelphia police officers have been shot and others injured in a gunbattle with a barricaded person in an incident that authorities describe as "active and ongoing." The wounds are described by a police spokesman as non-life-threatening.
A seventh officer was hurt in a car crash while rushing to the scene, according to NPR member station WHYY.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross said that there are still two officers inside the building. "I believe they're OK," he said. According to multiple reports, the officers are on the second floor and the shooter is on the first.
"We have a pretty horrible situation and I'm here to tell you that it is not resolved," Ross said.
Ross said the incident began at about 4:30 p.m. ET as the narcotics unit was serving a warrant in the Nicetown-Tioga section of North Philadelphia.
Officers had "already entered the premises and got towards the rear area when gunfire erupted. The shooter fired multiple rounds," he said.
Ross said that police have tried to contact "the male" by phone and with a bullhorn without success. Things appear to be at a stalemate.
"Officers are attempting to communicate with the shooter; imploring him to surrender and avoid further injuries," according to a tweet by a member of the police public affairs unit earlier in the day.
Another tweet urged the public to stay away from the area.
Ross said police are doing "everything in our power to get him to come out."
Ross said he has offered the shooter his personal assurance that he won't be harmed when he comes out. "Normally I wouldn't even take this posture but I have officers in a very volatile situation," he added.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney speaks with police union official John McNesby at Temple University Hospital, where officers are being treated. Bastiaan Slabbers/Reuters hide caption
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney speaks with police union official John McNesby at Temple University Hospital, where officers are being treated.Bastiaan Slabbers/Reuters
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