Roommates, local reports confirm nine Philadelphia police offers have been injured, six of which were shot, after responding to an active shooter incident on Wednesday. Police also confirm that two officers are trapped inside the home with the shooter.
According to 6 ABC Action news, the incident started around 4:30 p.m when police attempted to serve a narcotics warrant at a house on North 15th Street. Police officers entered the house and entered the kitchen area, when shots began to ring out.
“The shooter fired multiple rounds. Officers returned fire – many of whom had to escape through windows and doors to get away from a barrage of bullets,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross.
Police say the six officers shot in the incident were rushed to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. There are also three other officers receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries.
Authorities say they were able to safely remove two women and two teenage girls from the area, as the active shooter stood off with police.
The incident happened just blocks away from Temple University’s Health Sciences Center Campus, which was put under lockdown as police responded to the incident. The lockdown has since been lifted, but university officials continue to urge everyone to avoid the area.
In addition to many people on the street, authorities say there were children at a nearby day care when the shots rang out. Kenny Williams says he got a text message from his daughter which read: “Dad, you don’t have to get us from the day care, there’s been a shooting. So we’re going to be here for a while.”
“When they said it was actually across the street from the day care-it’s a parent’s nightmare,” he added.
One woman who was in the area says she heard over 100 gunshots and saw people running for their lives.
“I heard so many gunshots… I’m scared,” she said.