6:09 PM PT — Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says the standoff is still ongoing, with no end in sight, because the gunman continues to fire rounds out the window and refuses to speak with negotiators. He called it a “horrible” situation.
Ross says officers responding to the incident had to escape through windows and doors, and they returned fire.
He says the 6 officers who were shot did not suffer life-threatening injuries, and everyone is expected to be OK.
Pandemonium erupted Wednesday afternoon when a gunman in Philadelphia opened fire on police officers … striking at least 6.
The gun battle’s still active in the North Philly neighborhood of Nicetown-Tioga … where dozens of cops can be seen taking cover while surrounding a home with at least 1 barricaded suspect. The attack was reportedly triggered after cops tried serving a warrant there.
A deputy commissioner with Philadelphia PD said the 6 cops wounded by gunfire suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The deputy commissioner also said a 7th officer was hurt in a crash while responding to the scene. According to the report … the gunman fired repeatedly, reloaded and continued to fire.
Temple University’s nearby Health Sciences Center is under lockdown and cops are asking residents to avoid the area. SWAT and ATF agents are on the scene assisting police.
The shooting comes just one day after a California Highway Patrol officer was shot dead after a routine traffic stop in Southern California … and 10 days after the Dayton shooting.