Philadelphia Shooting: Crowd Taunted, Laughed and Yelled at Police Officers While Under Gunfire—Report

A shootout and standoff in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Nicetown-Tioga on Wednesday left six police officers injured with gunshot wounds.

A crowd of people had gathered to watch the incident but a handful of individuals taunted, laughed and yelled at officers who were facing gunfire, according to CBS3 reporter Alexandria Hoff who was at the scene.

"I mentioned this at 10 and since I was harassed during that live shot, I'll mention it here too," Hoff posted on Twitter. "A major moment of disappointment this evening was watching a crowd of people taunt police officers, laughing and yelling at them in the midst of the gunfire.

"I should add—98 percent of people here on scene were respectful and concerned. That moment was just such a startling thing to see in the middle of something so chaotic," she wrote.

I mentioned this at 10 and since I was harassed during that live shot, I’ll mention it here too. A major moment of disappointment this evening was watching a crowd of people taunt police officers, laughing and yelling at them in the midst of the gunfire. #PhiladelphiaShooting

— Alexandria Hoff (@AlexandriaHoff) August 15, 2019

A video has also emerged which was allegedly captured at the scene. It shows a crowd of people harassing and throwing objects at a group of officers.

In the clip, a van belonging to a Precious Babies Learning Academy daycare center—one of which is located near the house of the suspect in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood—can be seen. Several children who were attending this center—as well those at the Shake, Rattle and Roll Learning Center—were evacuated to safety during the shootout, CBS3 reported.

Newsweek has contacted the Philadelphia Police Department to seek confirmation that its officers were harassed during the incident.

Residents harass & throw objects at @PhillyPolice responding to active shooting

— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 15, 2019

The eight-hour standoff had begun at around 4:30 p.m. when officers tried to serve a narcotics warrant at a house in north Philadelphia only to be met by a barrage of gunfire upon entering the property. Some officers became trapped in the house for hours before being freed by SWAT team members, CBS News reported.

During the shootout six officers were shot, including one who suffered a graze wound to the head. All the injured were eventually released from hospital by Wednesday night after receiving treatment at hospital, according to Philadelphia Police.

"It's nothing short of a miracle that we don't have multiple officers killed today," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said Wednesday night in a statement.

The suspect—who allegedly live-streamed some of the shootout—eventually surrendered and was taken into custody just after midnight. He has been identified by his attorney as 36-year-old Maurice Hill.

The attorney, Shaka Johnson, told CBS News that he already knew Hill and that the suspect had called him Wednesday evening during the shootout explaining that he was barricaded inside the house. According to Johnson, Hill then told him that he, "wanted to try to figure out a way out without any further violence coming to anyone or himself."

"I could sense that he was panicking and trying to figure out, how do I get out of this situation alive," Johnson said.

Johnson later went to Hill's house in order to try and convince him to surrender in a peaceful manner. "I just kept the conversation as light-hearted as it could be under the circumstances, and when appropriate I switched back to, 'you've got to come out, man, and you have to put your phone down, you can't come out with any weapons, you've got to put your hands up,'" Johnson said.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said he was "deeply troubled" by the incident, describing it as a "mass shooting."

"Tonight is another reminder of the selfless sacrifice of our law enforcement officers and first responders," he said in a statement. "We are praying for a peaceful resolution and the full recovery of all those injured. We must remain committed to combating violence and getting dangerous weapons out of our communities."

In a statement provided to Newsweek regarding the reported harassment of their officers, the Philadelphia Police Department said: "We have no comment at this time in reference to that alleged incident. No arrests were documented in reference to disorderly conduct."

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Police officers direct citizens to move back near the scene of a shooting on August 14, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At least six police officers were reportedly wounded in an hours-long standoff with a gunman that prompted a massive law enforcement response in the city's Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood. Mark Makela/Getty Images