Six US po­lice­men wounded in Philadel­phia shoot­ing

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Six po­lice of­fi­cers were shot and wounded in the US city of Philadel­phia on Wed­nes­day dur­ing an hours-long in­ci­dent that be­gan when po­lice tried to ex­e­cute a nar­cotics war­rant, the Philadel­phia Po­lice De­part­ment said.

All of the of­fi­cers were later re­leased from hos­pi­tal, but po­lice Com­mis­sioner Richard Ross Jr said that in 30 years he had never seen so many of­fi­cers shot over such a long pe­riod of time.

The in­ci­dent comes af­ter two mass shoot­ings in the US ear­lier this month – one in Day­ton, Ohio and the other in El Paso, Texas – left a to­tal of 31 peo­ple dead.

Two other of­fi­cers who had been trapped in a house with the sus­pected shooter – who had been fir­ing out of the win­dow – were fi­nally freed later in the evening, Ross said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence.

The sus­pect was later taken into cus­tody and SWAT per­son­nel were clear­ing the house, de­part­ment spokesman Eric Gripp said on Twit­ter.

Gripp had first tweeted about the in­ci­dent hours ear­lier, around 4:40 pm lo­cal time (20: 40 GMT), and con­tin­ued to ad­vise the pub­lic to stay away from the area through­out the evening.

“It is noth­ing short of astounding that in such a con­fined space that we didn’t have more of a tragedy than we did,” Ross said.

The episode be­gan as an at­tempt to ex­e­cute a nar­cotics war­rant “that went awry al­most im­me­di­ately,” he ex­plained.

Philadel­phia Mayor Jim Ken­ney praised his city’s po­lice de­part­ment but called out fed­eral and state politi­cians for their re­sponse to gun vi­o­lence.

“This gov­ern­ment, both fed­eral and state level, don’t want to do any­thing about get­ting guns off the street,” he said at a press con­fer­ence.

“Our of­fi­cers de­serve to be pro­tected and don’t de­serve to be shot at by a guy for hours with [an] un­lim­ited amount of bul­lets. It’s dis­gust­ing. We need to do some­thing about it.”

De­spite ram­pant gun vi­o­lence in the US, ef­forts to strengthen firearms reg­u­la­tions re­main di­vi­sive in the coun­try, where the pow­er­ful Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion works to block stricter rules. wang­[email protected] glob­al­times.com.cn

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