A man shot and killed himself after shooting two women and a SEPTA officer in Northeast Philadelphia, police said.
The ordeal began around 7 pm Wednesday as patrolling police officers heard gunshots along Arrott and Leiper streets. They spotted an unidentified man holding a gun and chased him to an apartment building along the 4700 block of Leiper Street, police said.
The gunman then barricaded himself inside the building.
Around the same time, police found a 57-year-old woman and a 42-year-old woman at Arrott and Griscom streets. Both women had been shot in the hip. They were both taken to the hospital in stable condition.
Philadelphia Police, SEPTA Police and SWAT surrounded the gunman inside the apartment building. SkyForce10 was over the scene as the gunman fired at the officers who returned gunfire.
During the standoff, a 28-year-old SEPTA officer was shot at least once in the abdomen as he tried to provide cover for another officer who was pinned down. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he is in critical but stable condition. SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said the Police Chief, who is a three year veteran officer, performed surgery and is expected to be okay.
Police who gathered outside the hospital cheered as they watched the wounded officer via FaceTime.
Shortly after 8 pm, police entered the apartment building and found the gunman dead on the second floor. They also recovered his weapon from him.
Police believe the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They have not yet revealed his identity.
“He absolutely had the advantage and it’s a small miracle this wasn’t worse,” Philadelphia Police Sergeant Eric Gripp said. “We have a SEPTA police officer who’s seriously injured but it could have been much worse.”
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