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6 Philadelphia Police Officers Shot During Gun Battle In Nicetown-Tioga Section, 2 Officers Remain Inside Home With Prisoners

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — At least six Philadelphia police officers were shot during a gun battle in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section and rushed to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, authorities say. Another officer was injured in a car crash while heading to the scene. CBS News reports two officers are inside the second floor of the home with three prisoners, while the gunman remains on the first floor.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says he believes the officers trapped inside the home are OK.

Three officers were taken to Temple University Hospital and three others were taken to Einstein Medical Center. Ross says the injuries are non-life-threatening.

Sources tell CBS3 the suspect was live-streaming some of the shootout while he barricaded himself inside a building. The source says authorities are working to shut the live-stream down.

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Ross says officers have been attempting to contact the suspect. He has picked up his phone but has not spoken, and instead has continued to fire shots at the SWAT vehicle and nearby buildings.

“We are trying to get him to come out peacefully, but he is refusing to do so,” Ross said, adding there’s no indication that the gunman will surrender.

Four women were escorted by SWAT and Philadelphia Police from the scene. They told CBS3 that they were inside the home on the second floor at the time of the shootout and that police saved them.

“I thank God for these cops,” one woman said.

Gunfire erupted when a warrant was being served at the location on the 3700 block of North 15th Street around 4:30 p.m., police say. Officers were first called to the scene for narcotics activity, according to Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew.

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The gun battle between police and the suspect is still active. CBS3’s Greg Argos has learned the suspect has a long rifle gun and people outside their homes are being pushed back as the standoff continues.

Sources tell CBS3 that the scene was sheer chaos as officers were taking fire. Video from Chopper 3 shows officers with guns drawn at the scene. You can hear multiple gun shots during Argos’ report.

WATCH: CBS3 Cameras Capture Volleys Of Gunfire Erupting After 6 Philly Police Officers Shot In Nicetown-Tioga

 

Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross are heading to Temple University Hospital to be with the injured officers.

Chopper 3 was over the scene where police could be seen taking a suspect into custody. It’s not clear what the his role was in the incident.

 

The scene of the shooting is right down the street from Temple Hospital.

Several blocks around the scene have been cordoned off. Most of North Philadelphia is in gridlock due to the police presence.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation.

Temple University says the lockdown at the Health Sciences Center Campus has been lifted.

SEPTA’s Broad Street Line trains are bypassing Erie, Allegheny and Hunting Park stations until further notice. The express trains will make courtesy stops at North Philadelphia station.

SEPTA bus routes 23, 53, 56, H and XH are currently on detour.

Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates on this developing story.

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