Multiple Philadelphia Police officers have been injured by gunfire, according to NBC News. Fox News informed viewers that Fox 29 in Philadelphia confirmed five officers have been shot, resulting from a narcotics operation.
Dozens of officers were responding to a report of an active shooter in a North Philadelphia area known as Nicetown where they were forced to take cover after being fired on by the gunman. At least five officers have been injured but there are no specifics about whether or not more have been harmed, or how bad those injuries are. Those wounded in the firefight have been rushed to a local hospital, where responders have brought supplies in preparation for those impacted by the events.
Temple University’s Health Sciences Center, which is located near the event, was shut down Wednesday afternoon as the situation developed. The University warned people via Twitter to take shelter and stay silent.
“Lockdown is in effect for Health Sciences Center Campus. Seek shelter. Secure doors. Be silent. Be still. Police are responding,” it wrote.
As of 5:48 p.m. on Wednesday, the University warned that the lockdown was still in effect.
Local buses have also been halted as officers deal with the shooting.
The situation began around 4:30 p.m. when people began calling emergency services to report gunshots.
“Officer calls for everything you got. SWAT, long gun,” a law enforcement officer said according to reports. “I got an officer shot.”
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At least one person involved in the situation has been arrested while officers continue their search for a second male individual, according to NBC Philadelphia. Police say the standoff started as a narcotics activity call.
Local families, students, and neighbors were gathered at the event watching as things unfolded. Concerns about the nearby University center and a local daycare also prompted concerned parents to descend on the area.
Officers, including local police and ATF officers, have barricaded streets in the area and have surrounded multiple homes. An armored car has also been called to the location, which residents describe as a normally peaceful, calm neighborhood.
“It was like a war,” one mother said. “Like the scenes that you see in war. The guns, the fire, the noise. It was like bombs going off simultaneously at a time where people are having dinner.”
Reports indicate this is an active shooter situation and that shots continue to be fired by a gunman. A representative for the Philadelphia Police Department called the situation “an active and ongoing incident.”