PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The search is on for two suspects who Philadelphia police say ambushed officers, firing 11 shots at an unmarked police car and injuring an officer inside. The shooting happened around 9 a.m. Wednesday, near 30th and Dauphin Streets, in the Strawberry Mansion area.
The incident unfolded when plainclothes officers noticed a vehicle driving erratically and tried to pull over the vehicle.READ MORE: Shooting In Southwest Philadelphia Leaves 4 Men Injured, Police Say
The suspects turned near Dauphin Street, and that’s when the department said one of the suspects opened fire right at the unmarked car, hitting the vehicle 11 times.
Chief Inspector Scott Small told CBS3 the injuries to the officer, who was in the passenger seat of the unmarked car, came from shattered glass.
“One of those bullets struck the center of the front windshield of the vehicle, and it penetrated the front windshield, and fragments of the glass struck the passenger it struck the officer in the front in the face and the neck area where he was cut,” he said.
The victim gave the suspects’ car and license plate information before heading to the hospital. They are expected to be fine, but Chief Inspector Small said they are lucky to be alive.READ MORE: Temple University Student Samuel Sean Collington Killed In Off-Campus Shooting In North Philadelphia
“He’s fine, but he’s extremely lucky because the one bullet went through the center of that front windshield,” Chief Inspector Scott said. “Either of these officers could’ve been struck by gunfire.”
Authorities said they know who the suspects are due to past incidents. As of right now, no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information should call 215-686-TIPS.
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CBS3 reporters Wakisha Bailey and Matt Petrillo contributed to this report.