UPDATE 3 - Six Philadelphia Police Officers Shot, Gunman Refuses To Come Out

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UPDATE 3 - Six Philadelphia Police Officers Shot, Gunman Refuses to Come Out

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 15th August, 2019) Six Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) officers have been shot and taken to hospitals while the suspect remains armed and refuses to leave a building, authorities have said.

"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," Gripp said on Wednesday.

Gripp quoted Philadelphia police commissioner Richard Ross as saying that they are "trying to get him [gunman] to come out peacefully, but he is refusing to do so.

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Hostage negotiators have arrived on the scene, according to Fox News.

Earlier, Gripp said the shooting situation was ongoing on 3700 15th Street, which is located in the neighborhood of Nicetown in north Philadelphia.

Gripp said the officers are attempting to communicate with the shooter, "imploring him to surrender and avoid further injuries."

Earlier, the White House in a statement said that President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting and will be monitoring the situation.

ABC news reported that witnesses heard more than 100 gunshots from at least one gunman in the area.

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