A man who left behind a note saying he was targeting Philadelphia Police officers was shot dead by police after ambushing a sergeant sitting in her squad car, Leland Vittert reported.
The man first silently approached Sgt. Sylvia Young’s car, parked near 52nd and Market Streets in West Philadelphia around 11:15 p.m. on Friday, and fired multiple times.
The suspect, who was not identified by Saturday morning, then fired multiple gunshots into a bar and another vehicle while fleeing responding officers, killing one person and wounding others.
Young was hit in her arm and bulletproof vest.
She told the Philadelphia Inquirer the man fired at least 15 times.
“[Phila. Police Commissioner Richard] Ross said the violence began when the suspect approached Sgt. Sylvia Young, a 19-year veteran of the force, as she sat in her police car and opened fire. The commissioner said that Young was shot up to eight times and some of the shots were deflected by her bulletproof vest.
"It is absolutely amazing that she is here [alive]," Ross said, adding that the suspect did not say anything before he opened fire.
Officials said the suspect fled, then shot into a nearby bar. Ross said two people were injured there--a bar security guard who was shot in the left leg and a woman who the suspect used as a human shield before shooting her in the leg.
As police gave chase, Ross said the suspect fled again and shot into a nearby car, striking a man and woman in the chest. Police say the woman died and the man was in critical condition.
At that point, Ross said the suspect was chased into an alley by two police officers and 56-year-old Eddie Miller, a retired cop who is part of the University of Pennsylvania police force. Miller was wounded.
The gunman was shot and killed in the alley.”
The city’s Democratic mayor, James Kenney, called the incident a “terribly scary night”, according to the paper.
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