A man accused of stabbing two children has been shot by the Philadelphia Police. The children and the suspect have been rushed for care at local hospitals, ABC 6 News Reports.
The man stabbed two children along the 6200 block of Hazel Avenue around 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The children were rushed to Philadelphia Children’s Hospital.
When the police arrived at the scene, the suspect was gone. After searching the area, he was located nearly four blocks away from the house near Webster Street and Cobbs Creek Parkway.
The cops opened fire on the man, shooting him multiple times. The suspect was then transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for care.
As of now, we do not know the circumstances as to why the police search ended with gunshots, but updates will be provided once a statement has been publicly released by the police.
As you can see in this following tweet, a person video-taped the man being rushed out of the ambulance and into the hospital.
NBC 10 reveals that the suspect suffered gunshot wounds in the leg and stomach area.
No statements have been made as to what led to the man stabbing the children. Also, it has not been determined whether or not the kids who were stabbed were the suspect’s children.
There have not been any updates on the condition of the children or of the suspect, but further information will be provided as it becomes available.
Yahoo News has reported that the man accused of stabbing two children and fled on foot is dead.
The man stabbed his 8-year-0ld son and then slashed his throat, but that wasn’t it. The assailant also stabbed his son’s 13-year-old friend, assaulted his 15-year-old daughter, then ran four blocks down the road to a friends house and stabbed a 70-year-old woman and assaulted another 42-year-old woman.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross spoke of this hideous act during a news conference, which was aired on an ABC affiliate.
According to Ross, the police were called to the house after reports of gunshots. When he finally came out of the house, the police confronted him.
“He’s got his hand in his pocket. They tell him several times to take his hand out. He abruptly takes his hand out and they fire multiple times, striking him.”
Oddly, no gun was located at the scene despite reports of gunshots. According to Ross, the police had reason to believe that the man had a gun on him due to the amount of blood at the scene and the severity of the injuries.
ABC 6 has reported that the two boys remain in critical condition and the women were said to be in stable condition.
Ross mentioned during the press conference that the number of gunshots fired is of a serious concern. There were a total of 109 rounds found in front of two houses and it is believed that it was a result of “contagious fire.” This occurs during high stress situations and is a reaction after shots are fired.
“Other officers hear that gunfire, and they believe they are now under fire, and they return fire, in this case, firing multiple times. As I’ve said, 109 rounds that we’ve counted, thus far.”
Several weapons were found, which were used on the victims.
The number of shots fired by the police brings up a significant training issue in which must be addressed, Ross revealed. All officers that were involved will be interviewed and the department is undergoing specialized training to prepare the officers for situations similar to this.
As of Friday evening, all victims remain in the hospital, but their conditions are improving.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
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