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Six US police wounded in Philadelphia shooting

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Washington, United States   /   Thu, August 15, 2019   /   08:18 am
Six US police wounded in Philadelphia shooting Police officers monitor activity near a residence while responding to a shooting on August 14, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At least six police officers were reportedly wounded in an hours-long standoff with a gunman that prompted a massive law enforcement response in the city's Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood. (AFP/ Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Six police officers were wounded in a shooting in the US city of Philadelphia on Wednesday after reportedly responding to drug activity, a department spokesman said.

"SIX (6) PPD Officers shot - at area hospitals with non life threatening injuries. Additional officers also receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries," Philadelphia police Sergeant Eric Gripp tweeted.

"Suspect is still firing," Gripp wrote around 6:20 pm local time (22:20 GMT).

CBS News quoted police Captain Sekou Kinebrew as saying that the officers were originally responding to "narcotics activity" when the shooting began, sparking a major police response.

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

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.