Several police officers were injured in an active shooting incident in Philadelphia on Wednesday, authorities said.
The police department said a suspect or suspects were firing at police.
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“Several” police officers were injured in an rapidly unfolding active shooting incident in the northern Philadelphia neighborhood of Nicetown-Tioga on Wednesday, authorities said.
The local ABC affiliate WPVI reported at least four officers were injured, none of them life-threatening.
Sgt. Eric Gripp of the Philadelphia Police Department tweeted that a suspect or suspects were firing at the police, urging people to avoid the area and media helicopters to pull back.
Shooting situation ACTIVE and ONGOING on 3700 15th St. Avoid Area. Several PPD Officers have been injured. Updates will be provided as received
— Eric Gripp (@PPDEricGripp) August 14, 2019
Local media outlets showed harrowing images and videos of a massive police presence inundating the neighborhood, with heavily armed officers — some in tactical gear — ducking and taking cover behind buildings and cars.
Gunfire could be heard throughout live broadcasts and bullets could be seen spraying out of a home, ricocheting off the surrounding buildings.
One officer could be seen rushing into a police cruiser, his arm drenched in blood.
Tens of thousands of listeners tuned in to the police scanner online as first responders’ on-the-ground narratives of the incident unfolded, though the details remained unconfirmed by officials.
Nearby, Temple University’s Health Sciences Center campus was placed on lockdown, the school tweeted, advising those in the building to “be still” and “seek shelter.”
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