Alleged Philadelphia Shooter Has Surrendered, Six Police Officers Shot but Not Seriously Injured

Several Philadelphia police officers have been shot in the Nicetown-Tioga area of the city. The injured officers were taken to Temple University Hospital and Einstein Medical Center. According to police, the injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. At least one suspect is in custody, though there is still an active shooter.

  • Police have confirmed that 6 officers have been shot, and more have non-shooting-related injuries. All officers who were shot have been discharged from the hospital, though one officer injured in a car accident related to the incident is still in the hospital.
  • Police say there is potentially more than one shooter.
  • Police say a pedestrian has also been injured.
  • All injuries have been described to be non-life threatening.
  • Police first were called to the scene for narcotics activity.
  • Shooting suspect surrendered

12:30 a.m.: A man believed to have shot six Philadelphia police officers has surrendered to police. The standoff lasted more than seven hours, and was ended when a SWAT team member fired a tear gas canister into the house just after midnight. The suspect walked out and was apprehended by police.

The suspect has not been identified by police. NBC10 has footage of the surrender.

#BREAKING: The man accused of shooting six Philadelphia police officers and holding two others hostage has surrendered. Our camera caught him coming out of the home with hands up more than seven hours after it began. Latest:

— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) August 15, 2019

10:00 p.m.: Police Commissioner Richard Ross and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney held a press conference. Ross said police able to speak to the shooter on the phone, and all hostages have been safely released. The hostages were released by SWAT officers without the suspect being aware, Ross said.

The suspect remains barricaded in the house. Police are unsure whether or not the suspect is injured, but believe he is not.

Ross also said some of the injured officers have already been discharged from the hospital.

"It was a narcotics warrant that went awry almost immediately," Ross said. "It's nothing short of a miracle that we don't have multiple officers killed today."

Mayor Kenney called for an increase in gun regulations and gun control legislation.

"Our officers need help. They need help with gun control, they need help keeping these weapons out of these people's hands," Mayor Jim Kenney said.

9:38 p.m.: The two officers who were previously trapped inside the house have been safely evacuated, and it is no longer a hostage situation. The suspect is still in the house, however, and the standoff continues.

8:14 p.m.: Police say there may be more than one shooter. Police say additional suspects are in custody, and that one suspect in the house is handcuffed, though there is still at least one active shooter.

8:08 p.m.: Police have also confirmed that the officer shot in the head only suffered a graze wound.

8:00 p.m.: Police commissioner Richard Ross confirmed that six officers have been shot, but they are all expected to be okay. He said police have tried to call the shooter, but the shooter has refused to answer at least twice. Three injured officers are at the Temple University Hospital; the other officers have been sent to Einstein Medical Center.

Mayor Jim Kenney gave his wishes to the officers in the shoot out. "God bless them all," he said.

7:46 p.m.: SWAT officers have beaten down the door with a door ram and entered the house.

7:36 p.m.: Police say that two officers are now trapped inside the house. Officers are still trying to communicate with the suspect. The shooter is still firing, though there had been a period of approximately 40 minutes where no gunshots were heard.

7:20 p.m.: Approximately 80 children are being evacuated from a nearby daycare center, the Precious Babies Learning Academy.

7:14 p.m.: Police are attempting to communicate with the shooter. Sgt. Eric Gripp says they are "imploring him to surrender and avoid further injuries."

7:11 p.m.: Temple University has just lifted its lockdown on the Health Sciences Center, however the university still recommends students avoid the area.

Lockdown for HSC campus has been lifted. All populations must avoid the incident scene and remain south of Venango St. Allied Security and Temple Police will assist.

— Temple University (@TempleUniv) August 14, 2019

6:59 p.m.: Police are reporting that the standoff started when narcotics officers served a warrant at the house. While officers were on the second floor of the house, the shooter is believed to have fired with an AK-47 style rifle into the ceiling from the kitchen.

6:34 p.m.: According to police, one officer is trapped inside the same house as the shooter.

6:19 p.m.: Police say that one officer has been shot in the arm, another in the leg, and a third officer in the head. However, the injuries are still believed to be non-life-threatening.

New reports say that the incident started when a narcotics officer tried to serve a warrant to someone on the block.

Police have confirmed that everyone at a daycare close to the shooting is okay.

The shooter's wife may be sharing a Facebook live stream, according to the police scanner.

6:08 p.m.: A sixth officer has been injured in an incident involving a motor vehicle. Police said a pedestrian was also injured.

6:00 p.m.: Police say the remaining suspect is believed to be male.

Speaking to WCAU, a witness described the scene as being "like a war."

"Like the scenes that you see in war. The guns, the fire, the noise. It was like bombs going off simultaneously at a time where people are having dinner," she said.

According to Sgt. Eric Gripp the suspect is still firing. Gripp also asked the media to stop broadcasting officers' positions, implying that the shooter is monitoring the coverage.

5:51 p.m.: The shooting has been confirmed to not be on the Temple University campus, but at a house nearby.

5:30 p.m.: The shooting was reported to be on campus at the Temple University Health Sciences Center. On Twitter, Temple University reported that a lockdown is in effect at that campus.

Lockdown is in effect for Health Sciences Center Campus. Seek shelter. Secure doors. Be silent. Be still. Police are responding.

— Temple University (@TempleUniv) August 14, 2019

According to WCAU, the shooting started at 4:30 p.m. "Officer calls for everything you got. SWAT, long gun," a law enforcement officer said according to the station. "I got an officer shot."

BREAKING: Reportsof officer shot near Temple University Hospital. Massive police response on Spring Garden. En route

— Greg Argos (@GregArgosCBS3) August 14, 2019

As of 5:30 p.m. EDT, shots are still being fired. Police say that the shooter is still in the Temple University building, and the gunfight is still going on. People are being evacuated from their homes.

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Police are taking cover behind their cars. According to Police Captain Sekou Kinebrew, police were first called to the scene for narcotics activity.

According to CBS3, the massive police presence has put most of North Philadelphia in gridlock. Citizens are advised to avoid the area.