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 Wednesday as a gunman opened fire in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section. Volleys of gunfire continued to erupt around the scene on 3700 North 15th Street.
At Least 6 Philadelphia Police Officers Shot During Active Firefight In Nicetown-Tioga Section, FOP President Says
CBS3 cameras captured suspected gunshots ringing out as officers scrambled for cover behind vehicles and buildings.
CBS3 is told the injuries to all six officers are believed to be non-life-threatening.
Suspect is still firing. STAY OUT OF THE AREA
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CBS3’s Greg Argos was on the scene. Argos says it’s a “scary situation, a hectic one.”
Argos says it’s “a very tense situation — quite frankly one that I’ve never been in, in this light. I’ve been, unfortunately, on plenty of shootings but nothing this serious where there is active gunfire.”
“There is a gun battle, essentially, in North Philadelphia as we’re speaking,” Argos said.
Sources tell CBS3 the suspect was live-streaming some of the shootout while he barricaded himself inside a building. The source says authorities are working to shut the live-stream down.
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.