Several police officers have been injured during an active shootout at a residential building near Temple University in North Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon.
The Philadelphia Police Department said that six officers had been shot and taken to hospitals with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. A spokesman for the police department confirmed that a gunman was firing at police.
Al Kuchler, a legal representative of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, told HuffPost one officer was hurt in a car accident. Other officers were taken to hospitals for injuries that were not gunshot wounds.
Officers were attempting to communicate with the shooter, urging him to surrender as of 7:08 p.m. local time, police said.
UPDATE: Suspect is still firing. SIX (6) PPD Officers shot – at area hospitals with non life threatening injuries. Additional officers also receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries. Continue to avoid area. Situation is active and ongoing.
— Eric Gripp (@PPDEricGripp) August 14, 2019
The shooting broke out after 4 p.m. in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood of North Philadelphia. Helicopter footage of the scene shows a large police presence with many officers with their guns drawn.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was on the scene to assist police into Wednesday evening.
Temple University placed its Health Sciences Center Campus on lockdown, which was lifted shortly after 7 p.m.
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting and he’s monitoring the situation, according to a White House pool report.
This article has been updated with police trying to communicate with the gunman.