Philadelphia active shooting: Multiple police officers shot in attack by armed gunman

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    Calls came in at about 4:30 pm, according to audio obtained via the Broadcastify website. A law enforcement officer can be heard saying: “Officer calls for everything you got. SWAT, long gun. I got an officer shot.” An unidentified gunman is reported to be firing at dozens of police officers nearly 30 minutes after officers arrived on the corner of 15th and Butler streets in the Nicetown area of the city.

     

    Philadelphia police spokesman Eric Gripp tweeted that “several” officers had been injured in the exchange of fire.

    No details have yet been confirmed about the number but NBC Philadelphia is reporting that at least three officers were hurt, and possibly as many as five.

    Temple University’s Health Sciences Center has been placed under lockdown.

    The university tweeted: “Seek shelter. Secure doors. Be silent. Be still. Police are responding.”

    It subsequently added:”Lockdown remains in effect on Health Sciences Center campus. This is an active scene. Will keep sending regular updates.”

    One woman told ABC Philadelphia station WPVI she had heard more than 100 gunshots and witnessed people “running for their lives”.

    She added: “I heard so many gunshots… I’m scared.”

    Agent from the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives bureau (ATF) are at the scene, a spokesman said.

    Local television station EHA reported at least five officers had been shot, with “multiple ambulances” on the scene.

    Helicopters were reported to be hovering overhead.

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