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

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

At least one shooter remained active as of 7 p.m. EDT in the city’s Nicetown neighborhood, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp tweeted. All injured officers have been transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

“Officers continue to attempt to communicate with suspect; suspect is still firing at officers. STAY AWAY FROM THE AREA,” Gripp tweeted at 7:29 p.m. local time.

Nearly 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.

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,” said Marica Bing.

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

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

“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 are responding to the scene to assist Philadelphia police.

President Donald Trump has been 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.

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Contributing: The Associated Press

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