By CBS3 Staff


UPDATE: Suspect surrendered to police shortly after 12 a.m. Thursday. The suspect’s attorney has identified the alleged gunman as 36-year-old Maurice Hill.

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — At least six Philadelphia police officers were shot during a gun battle in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section and rushed to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, authorities say. Two officers and three others who were trapped inside the home with the shooter were safely evacuated several hours after the standoff began. The gunman surrendered just after midnight.

“We have gone from a hostage situation to a barricade,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said.

Ross said that the two officers and three others inside the home took fire during the incident.

All six officers wounded in the shooting have been released from the hospital. Another officer injured in a car crash on the way to the scene still remains hospitalized.

Sources tell CBS3 the suspect was live-streaming some of the shootout while he barricaded himself inside the home.

 

 

Ross said it was a miracle no officers were killed.

“It’s nothing short of a miracle that we don’t have multiple officers killed today,” the police commissioner said.

Police say officers were serving a narcotics warrant on the 3700 block of North 15th Street around 4:30 p.m. when the suspect opened fire. As police exchanged gunfire, officers escaped through windows and doors.

CBS3 reports 30 officers discharged their weapons during the shootout.

Two women and two children were escorted by SWAT and Philadelphia Police from the scene. They told CBS3 that they were inside the home on the second floor at the time of the shootout and that police saved them.

“I thank God for these cops,” one woman said.

 

PHOTOS: Chaotic Scene Unfolds As 6 Philadelphia Police Officers Shot During Gun Battle In Nicetown-Tioga

 

Sources tell CBS3 that the scene was sheer chaos as officers were taking fire. Video from Chopper 3 shows officers with guns drawn at the scene. You can hear multiple gun shots during Argos’ report.

WATCH: CBS3 Cameras Capture Volleys Of Gunfire Erupting After 6 Philly Police Officers Shot In Nicetown-Tioga

Mayor Jim Kenney called the officers “brave” and that they need help with gun control to keep weapons out of criminals’ hands.

Kenney said officers “don’t deserve to be shot at for hours.”

Chopper 3 was over the scene where police could be seen taking a suspect into custody. It’s not clear what his role was in the incident.

 

The scene of the shooting is right down the street from Temple University Hospital.

Several blocks around the scene have been cordoned off. Most of North Philadelphia is in gridlock due to the police presence.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation.

Temple University says the lockdown at the Health Sciences Center Campus has been lifted.

SEPTA’s Broad Street Line trains are bypassing Erie, Allegheny and Hunting Park stations until further notice. The express trains will make courtesy stops at North Philadelphia station.

SEPTA bus routes 23, 53, 56, H and XH are currently on detour.

Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates on this developing story.