At least six Philadelphia police officers have been shot Wednesday in an “active and ongoing” shooting situation, authorities said.
At least one shooter remained active as of 6 p.m. EDT in the city’s Nicetown neighborhood, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp tweeted. All injured officers have been transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
“Officers are attempting to communicate with the shooter; imploring him to surrender and avoid further injuries,” Gripp tweeted at 7:06 p.m. local time
A witness told ABC’s Philadelphia station she heard more than 100 shots.
“I heard so many gun shots that I got scared and I lifted my window up to see what was going on and I leapt out of the house because I was scared,” the unidentified woman said on camera.
Live video from news stations shows a heavy police presence with swarms of police cars and officers in the streets.
Gunshots are continuing to be heard late Wednesday afternoon.
Nearby Temple University tweeted updates on the situation, instructing students to seek shelter. Their Health Sciences Center campus was briefly on lockdown.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said numerous agents are responding to the scene to assist Philadelphia police.
President Donald Trump has been briefed and “continues to monitor the situation,” the White House said in a statement on Wednesday night.
This is the second major police shooting this week. Three California Highway Patrol officers were shot, one fatally, on Monday after a motorist opened fire during a traffic stop near Interstate 215 in Riverside, California.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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