At least six police officers were reportedly shot by at least one gunman in what authorities described as an active shooter situation that began around 4:30 p.m. in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
One witness said that she heard more than 100 gunshots in the city’s Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood.
“I heard so many gunshots,” the woman told local Philadelphia affiliate WPVI. “I got scared,” she added.
Officials said that the 6 police officers were in the hospital and had not sustained life-threatening injuries.
At 7 p.m., according to Philadelphia Police Sargeant Eric Gripp, the situation was still active.
Temple University’s Health Sciences Center campus was on lockdown for more than an hour.
Update, 1:30 a.m. ET: All six officers allegedly shot have been released from the hospital and the alleged shooter has been taken into custody, according to the police.
At a press conference, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney cited the shooting as evidence for the need for stricter gun control.
“It’s aggravating, it’s saddening, and it’s something we need to do something about,” Kenney said. “If the state and federal government don’t want to stand up to the NRA and other folks, let us police ourselves...it’s disgusting and we need to do something about it quickly.”
This is a developing story, and will be updated as more becomes available.