South Street Gunman Fires At Bystanders, Police Officers
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Authorities say a man was arrested after shooting into a crowd along South Street and then firing shots at police themselves.
The incident occurred around 1:50 a.m. Sunday along the 600 block of South Street.
Police say 42-year-old Isaac Carmichael threatened three victims during an argument in which the suspect had tried to make a pass at one of the females. When the victims asked the suspect to leave them alone, police say he became verbally abusive, grabbed one of the women and showed his gun. They say Carmichael then began walking away from the three individuals, only to turn around and fire one shot towards them, striking a nearby vehicle.
Investigators say nearby officers, who observed the incident, began chasing the suspect to the 700 block of Kater Street.
While in pursuit, police say the Carmichael fired multiple shots at the pursuing officers.
Officials say officers did not return fire because the area was crowded with bystanders, although they say it would have been justified.
Authorities say Carmichael was arrested and a Jennings Bryco, 32 caliber, semi-automatic handgun loaded with one live round remaining was recovered.
Carmichael has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and related charges.