An active shooter situation is unfolding in the United States, with six police officers shot by a gunman in Philadelphia.
It’s understood the suspect has barricaded himself inside a home in the city’s Nicetown-Tioga section, where he is still firing from.
Local police are warning people to avoid the area, declaring the situation is still “ACTIVE AND ONGOING”.
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They’re attempting to communicate with the gunman to get him to surrender.
To reiterate: Scene remains active and ongoing. Officers continue to implore suspect to surrender – this can end without any further violence. Continue to avoid area
— Eric Gripp (@PPDEricGripp) August 15, 2019
News helicopters and media using drones are also being told to stay away from the area as they “hinder operations”.
The injured officers have been rushed to Temple University Hospital, however their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Philadelphia Sergeant Eric Gripp said a number of other officers are also being treated for “non-gunshot injuries”.
UPDATE: Suspect is still firing. SIX (6) PPD Officers shot – at area hospitals with non life threatening injuries. Additional officers also receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries. Continue to avoid area. Situation is active and ongoing.
— Eric Gripp (@PPDEricGripp) August 14, 2019
Temple University has been placed into lock down, with students told to seek shelter.
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
More to come.