Maurice Hill, a 36-year-old man with a long criminal history, was identified by the Philadelphia Inquirer as the suspect in Philadelphia who is accused of shooting six police officers in what authorities labeled “an active firefight.”
Police had not yet released the suspect’s name. The newspaper cited police sources for its report. “The officers and additional prisoners that were inside of the house with the shooter were safely evacuated. The shooter remains armed inside,” the police commissioner said, via Twitter, late into the evening.
The officers are expected to survive their encounter with the barricaded active shooter.
At about 7 p.m., Eric Gripp, of Philadelphia police public affairs, wrote on Twitter, “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.”
A half hour before that, he wrote: “Suspect is still firing. STAY OUT OF THE AREA.”
At one point, police officers were trapped inside the house where the suspect was barricaded, authorities confirmed. There was a major law enforcement response to the Nicetown section of Philadelphia where the shooting erupted.
The suspect was holed up inside the home. The mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, said that, at one point, officers who were still inside the residence were “whispering upstairs because they didn’t want the shooter to know where they were located.”
The mayor used the shooting press conference to highlight gun control issues.
“Our officers need help…. They need help with gun control. They need help with keeping weapons out of these people’s hands,” Kenney said. “This government, federal and state’s level, don’t want to do anything about getting these guns off the streets and getting them out of the hands of criminals.”
The police commissioner said he hadn’t seen anything like it “in years.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. A Witness Described the Scene as a ‘War Scene’
— Bob Brooks (@BobBrooks6abc) August 14, 2019
The Philadelphia police commissioner, Richard Ross Jr., said in a news conference that the suspect fired multiple rounds. The commissioner said “even when I was on scene, he fired multiple rounds, some of which struck the SWAT truck and buildings across the street. He continued to fire. It’s a grave concern …read more