PHILADELPHIA (KCAU) – Six Philadelphia police officers have been shot by at least one gunman who authorities say is firing at them in an ongoing shooting incident, according to the police department.
Police cars were seen speeding toward the scene in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Tioga-Nicetown as armored vehicles and police in tactical gear converged on a street.
The suspect barricaded himself inside a building on 15th Street, law enforcement sources told ABC News. The shootout began during a narcotics operation, the sources said.
About a dozen officers were seen taking cover behind cars as other officials surrounded a home with guns drawn.
The injuries to the officers appear to be non-life threatening, the sources said, adding that an additional injury occurred due to an auto accident.
Several rounds of gunfire continued for more than an hour, ABC Philadelphia station WPVI reported. Officers repeatedly commanded the shooter to “Come out with your hands up,” according to the station.
One woman said she heard over 100 gunshots and saw people running for their lives.
“I heard so many gunshots… I’m scared,” she told WPVI.
Agents from ATF (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) are at the scene to assist, a spokesperson said.
Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp urged residents to avoid the area.
Temple University’s Health Sciences Center Campus was put on lockdown.
“Seek shelter. Secure doors. Be silent. Be still. Police are responding,” the university tweeted.
This story is developing.