Philadelphia shooting spree leaves at least 1 dead

News from overnight

PHILADELPHIA — A gunman in Philadelphia ambushed a police sergeant and fired rounds into a tavern and a car before police shot him dead, authorities said.

The shooting spree late Friday left at least six people injured — two police officers and four civilians, police said.

“Right now we have a lot of questions. This is completely a bizarre situation,” Philadelphia police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said at a press conference Saturday.

Ross said police found a note at the scene that said the gunman hated police and probation officers and it mentions a “particular probation officer.”

“Obviously we are trying to track that individual down to make sure they are OK first and foremost,” he said.

Sergeant shot in protective vest

The shooting occurred at about 11:20 p.m. Friday when a man approached a police car and fired through the window at Sgt. Sylvia Young, who was parked at 52nd and Samson streets in west Philadelphia, police said.

No words were exchanged, according to Ross.

Young, a 19-year veteran of the force, was struck in her left arm and her protective vest. She is in stable condition at a hospital, police said. Ross said she is talking and is going to be OK.

Officers nearby heard the gunfire and responded, chasing down the man as he fled.

Cornered in an alley

The gunman fired into a bar, which had its door open, injuring a security guard, police said. He then grabbed a woman and used her as a human shield, shooting her in the leg, authorities said.

He discharged further rounds into a car, striking a man and woman inside. The pair sustained chest injuries, and both were in critical condition, police said.

The man ran into an alley before a University of Pennsylvania police officer and two others from the city police cornered him. Police said they shot and killed him, and he was declared dead at the scene.

CNN affiliate KYW said a University of Pennsylvania officer was also wounded and is in stable condition at a hospital.

Four officers were believed to have discharged their weapons, police said.

There was no immediate information on the identity of the gunman, but police said they don’t believe anyone else was involved at this time.

CNN affiliate WPVI reported that “officers will be riding two to a car until further notice.”

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6 comments

    • banabors

      Because the gunman was probably white. Why else would the media be so ho hum about the shooting? It doesn’t fit the narrative of the far-left and Black Lives Matter that cops are out to gun down only black men. If this man the police had shot was black, the countrywide protesters would have been out again in full force and half of Philly would have been burned to the ground. Although statistically white men are shot by police just as often if not more than black men, you just don’t hear about it because people don’t really care to hear about it. What the media cares about is to jump on it when a black man is shot in order to perpetuate the race baiting.

  • Tired of the race card

    Who cares what race he was this is the problem with our country today everyone is so ready to jump on the race car instead of just dealing with what happened! Race shouldn’t be the issue in any of these situations everyone bleeds red!! I’m glad to hear that no one has died and hopefully everyone involved makes a full recovery!

    • Double Standard

      The problem is the media pushes this narrative. If a white cop shoots a black person, whether armed or unarmed, the media cannot help themselves to endlessly report on the race of everyone involved. Unless it doesn’t fit their narrative as it does in this case. It’s no wonder the trust in the media is at an all time low.

      • Tired of the race card

        i understand that the media typically does report the race especially if a white cop shoots a black person and they don’t usually report it unless it fits the narrative…what I’m saying is instead of commenting on here asking the race maybe we should step back and be thankful no one was killed during this! Every single comment has to do with race and it’s getting sickening! Everyone is so quick to say it’s the media that’s causing these race wars….maybe it’s everyone causing them!! Maybe instead of worrying about if the guy was black or Mexican or white we should realize that every single person in this world bleeds red!! I am not racist if your respectful to me I will be respectful to you! There are “thugs” and criminals in every race group so start acting like everyone is human!!