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'We have to do something': Mayor calls for gun control after Philadelphia shooting; suspect identified

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This is the second major police shooting this week. The first occurred at a California traffic stop. USA TODAY

PHILADELPHIA – A gunman is in custody after opening fire and wounding six Philadelphia police officers in a tense hourslong standoff that ended early Thursday.

The gunman surrendered just after midnight when police fired tear gas into the home he was in.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross identified the gunman as Maurice Hill, CNN reported. Hill, 36, has a history of gun arrests, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

All six officers were hospitalized but later released, Philadelphia police said. Another officer was injured in a vehicle accident related to the standoff.

The incident prompted Philadelphia’s mayor to echo recent calls for gun control, saying officers “need help” keeping guns off the street.

“Our officers deserve to be protected and they don’t deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with an unlimited supply of weapons and an unlimited supply of bullets. It’s disgusting and we have to do something about it,” Mayor Jim Kenney told reporters.

6 officers shot: Gunman surrenders after ‘volatile’ hourslong standoff in Philadelphia

Here’s what we know:

What happened during the standoff

Police say they were serving a drug warrant Wednesday afternoon when the gunfire began at a three-story rowhome in Philadelphia’s Tioga-Nicetown section.

Officers at the scene were told to stay back after at least two officers became trapped inside the home with the shooter, according to scanner audio.

Police scanner chaos: Philadelphia police shooting: Radio traffic gives inside picture of standoff scene

“We are pinned down in the second floor with three individuals handcuffed,” one officer said calmly amidst the chaotic calls. “You can hear the male moving down stairs on the first floor.”

During another round of gunfire, one officer can be heard saying, “The male is reloading, the male is reloading, shots fired inside.”

Another officer says, “That male has a long gun! That male has a long gun!”

Multiple people, including police and civilians, were trapped upstairs during the shooting, but SWAT officers were able to rescue them hours after the gunfire broke out.

Ross said authorities, including a police negotiator, talked with the suspect on the phone during the standoff. While the man would answer, he rarely spoke, Ross said. The man’s attorney also spoke with him.

Hours later, police were able to draw the gunman out of the home with tear gas.

After 15 popping sounds and billows of smoke, police shouted commands.

“Police, put your hands on your head and come out front.” Soon after, the command was, “Go on the ground, go on the ground.”

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Police chief got on phone with suspect

Ross described unorthodox decisions made during the standoff, including his own role in negotiations.

Though it was atypical for the chief to get on the phone with the gunman inside, Ross said “I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself” and be 200 yards away while it was unfolding. A police negotiator helped him through it, he said.

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Ross stressed that “preservation of life, irrespective of who it is” was the goal during the standoff. 

For a large portion of the standoff, the gunman refused to engage with police beyond answering the phone they were using to contact him.

Eventually, police used his attorney, Shaka Johnson, to communicate with him.

It wasn’t “optimal” though, Ross noted, as it could have prompted a more volatile situation.

Who is the suspect?

Hill, from Philadelphia, has been arrested roughly a dozen times since turning 18 and has been convicted six times on gun, drug and assault charges, the Inquirer reported. He has been in and out of prison, including serving time in federal prison, the newspaper reported.

Ross said Johnson, the suspect’s attorney, has known the gunman for more than a decade.

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Police haven’t determined how much weaponry the gunman had, other than a handgun that was found on him when officers arrested him, Ross said.

SWAT officers “preliminarily confirmed” there was a long gun inside the residence, as well, but said the scene has not yet been processed because of the use of tear gas inside the house.

After being arrested, the suspect was taken to Temple University Hospital for treatment related to the tear gas, police said.

President Donald Trump weighed in Thursday morning, tweeting the gunman “should never have been allowed to be on the streets.”

Mayor Kenney’s call for gun control

Philadelphia’s mayor, a Democrat, joined the many politicians who have called for gun control legislation amid a renewed push for the laws after mass shootings and police shootings across the country in places such as El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and Riverside, California.

“Our officers need help,” Kenney said. “They need help with gun control. They need help with keeping these weapons out of people’s hands.”

Kenney criticized lawmakers on the federal and state level who “don’t want to do anything about getting these guns off the streets and getting them out of the hands of criminals.”

“Whether it’s our six officers who were shot or it’s some 16-, 17-, 20-year-old kid on the streets of Philadelphia who gets shot with guns that shouldn’t be in people’s hands,” he said. “It’s aggravating. It’s saddening. And it’s something that we need to do something about.”

Residents in the area expressed similar thoughts after the shooting.

“It’s really scary that this is going on in a regular urban residential area. It’s makes you realize that gun control is really imperative. It’s out of hand,” said Asya Richardson, who had just finished work for the day. “I don’t realize how much control we need over guns until things like this happen. I didn’t realize that people had that kind of weaponry.”

Sophie Nicholas, a Temple student who lives near the scene, said she was visiting Aurora, Colorado, on the same day in 2012 that a gunman opened fire in a movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others.

“Why is this still happening?” she asked. “That was so many years ago.”

Contributing: Steve Kiggins and Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY; Andrew Sharp and Brittany Horn, (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal. Brandon Holveck reports for the News Journal; Ryan W. Miller reports for USA TODAY. Follow Holveck and Miller on Twitter: @holveck_brandon and @RyanW_Miller.

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Chinese diplomat warns Beijing ‘will not sit on its hands’; military runs drills near Hong Kong border

The Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom issued a stern warning Thursday, saying that Beijing will “not sit on its hands” amid ongoing near-daily street protests in Hong Kong.

Liu Xiaoming’s warning at a news conference in London came as Chinese paramilitary forces conducted exercises across the border from Hong Kong.

Liu said if the situation continues to deteriorate in the region, the Chinese government would act to “quell unrest.”

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Military vehicles are parked on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China August 15, 2019. (Reuters)

“We have enough solutions and enough power within the limits of basic law to quell any unrest swiftly,” he said, referring to Hong Kong’s mini-constitution adopted after the former British colony was handed over to China in 1997. “Their moves are severe and violent offenses, and already shows signs of terrorism.”

CHINESE MILITARY VEHICLES STASHED ACROSS HONG KONG BORDER IN SOCCER STADIUM

He added: “The central government of China will never allow a few violent offenders to drag Hong Kong down a dangerous road, down a dangerous abyss.”

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Military vehicles are parked on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China August 15. (Reuters)

Meanwhile, hundreds of members of the People’s Armed Police were photographed at a Shenzhen soccer stadium where parking lots were filled with more than 100 dark-painted paramilitary vehicles, raising concerns that China might intervene to end 10 weeks of unrest across the harbor, Reuters reported.

“I don’t know why they’re here, but it could be related to Hong Kong,” a ticket vendor at the stadium told Agence France-Presse, a Paris-based news wire service.

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Chinese soldiers practice on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen across the bay from Hong Kong (Reuters)

Inside the stadium, soldiers were seen conducting drills.

The stadium is just across a bridge that is one of the main access roads between the mainland and Hong Kong.

Chinese state media disputed claims that the government moved the vehicles in response to the protest, saying that exercises had been planned beforehand and were not directly related to the unrest in Hong Kong.

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Chinese soldiers walk in formation on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen across the bay from Hong Kong, China August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter – RC18C09291A0

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Protests that began in early June have paralyzed parts of the territory, including its international airport, and led to hundreds of arrests.

Flights have mostly resumed after being halted by mass demonstrations and spasms of violence on Monday and Tuesday. Police made five arrests Tuesday night and 17 more on Wednesday during clashes outside police stations in the Sham Shui Po district.

Protesters displayed laser pointers and burned spirit paper in recognition of the lunar calendar’s traditional Hungry Ghost Festival, but police spokesman Tse Chun-chung said some also used catapults to fire metal balls and marbles at police. Officers responded with tear gas and “minimal use of force,” he said.

Police were also maintaining airport checkpoints and restricting access to the facilities to those with travel documents, Tse said at a daily news briefing. While acknowledging some complaints about the use of tear gas and other aggressive police tactics in residential areas, Tse said police never wish to take such measures, and do so only when “appropriate.”

“We hope everybody will join us in restoring and order in society,” Tse said.

HONG KONG PROTESTERS CLASH WITH RIOT POLICE ARMED WITH PEPPER SPRAY AT AIRPORT

This week’s clashes highlighted the hardening positions of pro-democracy protesters and the authorities, which show no sign of abating as long as the government continues to refuse calls for dialogue. Along with scrapping the extradition legislation, under which criminal suspects could be tried in mainland China and, critics say, face torture and unfair justice, protesters are demanding an investigation into alleged police abuses and other steps, with some calling also for the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

The U.S. State Department said it was deeply concerned over reports that Chinese police forces were gathering near the border with Hong Kong and urged the city’s government to respect freedom of speech.

The department also issued a travel advisory urging U.S. citizens to exercise caution when visiting Hong Kong.

A total of 29 countries have issued travel safety alerts for Hong Kong, while international credit rating agencies have also expressed concern about the situation in the territory, city Financial Secretary Paul Chan said.

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On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump suggested a “personal meeting” with Chinese President Xi Jinping to help “quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem.”

“I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it. Personal meeting?” he tweeted.

More than 700 protesters have been arrested since the demonstrations began in the territory of 7.5 million in early June. Police and the government have pledged to bring all “culprits” to justice and to take “relentless enforcement action to bring the persons involved to justice.”

Fox News’s Paulina Dedaj, Brie Stimson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dozens of Midwest teens who reported vaping hospitalized with ‘severe lung injury,’ breathing problems

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More than a dozen teens in the Midwest who reported vaping have been hospitalized with lung issues, stumping doctors who are searching for what exactly is sickening them.

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Tuesday four cases of young people at Children’s Minnesota with “severe lung injury” possibly tied to vaping. The cases were announced days after Illinois health officials reported six cases and at least 12 were confirmed in Wisconsin, state health officials said. There are more under investigation.

“These cases are similar to lung disease cases recently reported in Wisconsin and Illinois, though it is too early to say whether they are connected,” the Minnesota Department of Health said.

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Patients are reporting similar symptoms – shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, and vomiting in some cases – and some have been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). Teens across states reported using vaping devices for both nicotine and THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces the “high” sensation, prior to their hospitalization.

In Minnesota, specifically, doctors at first thought the teens had some sort of respiratory infection – possibly pneumonia – but ruled this out after they failed to improve with treatment. In fact, according to NBC News, many of the teens treated for a respiratory infection got worse, not better.

“We are deeply concerned by the severe cases of lung injury associated with vaping that we are currently seeing,” said Dr. Emily Chapman, chief medical officer at Children’s Minnesota, said in a news release. “These cases are extremely complex to diagnose, as symptoms can mimic a common infection yet can lead to severe complications and extended hospitalization. Medical attention is essential; respiratory conditions can continue to decline without proper treatment.”

In Wisconsin, Dr. David D. Gummin, medical director of the Wisconsin Poison Center, and professor and chief of medical toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, told The New York Times officials “have no leads” to a specific substance that’s causing respiratory issues “other than those that are associated with smoking or vaping,” he said.

VAPING AMONG ILLINOIS TEENS POSSIBLY TIED TO INCREASE IN HOSPITALIZATIONS, HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY

The negative health effects associated with cigarette and cigar use have long been documented, leading to a decline in both among teens in the U.S. in recent years.

In 2018, for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported roughly 1 in 50 – about 1.8 percent – of middle school students said they smoked cigarettes in the past  30 days, down from 4.3 percent in 2011 and a drastic decrease from 36.4 percent in 1997 when rates “peaked after increasing throughout the first half of the 1990s,” according to the American Lung Association. 

But the same is not true for e-cigarette use. In 2018, nearly 1 of every 20 middle school students (4.9 percent) reported using electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days. That’s an increase from less than 1 percent in 2011.

“These cases are extremely complex to diagnose, as symptoms can mimic a common infection yet can lead to severe complications and extended hospitalization.”

— Dr. Emily Chapman, chief medical officer for Children’s Minnesota

The steady increase led Jermone Adams, the Surgeon General of the United States, last year to call vaping among American teens an “epidemic.”

“This is an unprecedented challenge,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in response at the time. 

The health issues – both short and long term – of e-cigarette use are not well understood, and the U.S. Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) does not require the manufacturers of e-cigarette devices to list all the ingredients in them.

“The risk here is that if people are presenting to hospital emergency rooms or urgent cares, they either may not think of vaping as something that is threatening and may not include it in their history,” Chapman told The New York Times. “Or if asked directly, they may not be comfortable sharing that.”

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A study from Yale University and Duke University found the e-cigarette liquid in Juul devices contained chemicals known as acetals. Acetals, according to the researchers, could cause lung irritation.

Separately, the FDA announced last week it’s investigating 127 reports of seizures occurring after electronic cigarette use.

“The truth of the matter is, we have so little experience with vaping, relative to the experience we have with cigarettes and cigars. Recall how long it took us to figure out that cigarettes were linked to lung cancer,” Chapman added. “There is so much we don’t know.”

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Stephanie Frappart makes history during European Super Cup

Stephanie Frappart on Wednesday became the first female referee to officiate a major European men’s soccer final when Liverpool took on Chelsea in the European Super Cup.

Frappart, of France, led a team of predominantly female officials, with Manuela Nicolosi of France and Michelle O’Neal from the Republic of Ireland serving as assistant referees. Frappart had a taste of the bright lights when she was the head referee during the Women’s World Cup final in July.

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Referee Stephanie Frappart of France, center, discusses with Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri, left, and Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic during the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea, in Besiktas Park, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (AP Photo)

Liverpool ultimately defeated Chelsea on penalties to win the Super Cup, but it was Frappart who received stellar reviews for her officiating during the match.

“They were really good,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said of the officials, according to the club’s official website. “Whatever you could have thought before the game, there was pressure on them like hell with an historic moment. Staying by yourself, staying calm and do what you have to do, decide very important things in a very difficult and intense game, I couldn’t have more respect, to be honest. It was really a brilliant performance.”

Frappart said before the match that she and her crew were ready.

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“We had to prove us physically, technically and tactically that we have the same than the men. So I am not afraid about that. So I think nothing changed for me,” she said, according to CBS News.

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Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall signs several taco-related items at Massachusetts meet and greet

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It was really only a matter of time.

Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall, who is still vying for an official roster spot, appeared to be a fan favorite at a meet and greet event in Massachusetts on Tuesday.

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The 7-foot-7-inch center from Central Florida was asked to sign several taco-related items at the event, according to the Boston Globe. The items included a box of taco shells, a taco hat, a tray from Taco Bell and even a picture of a taco.

Fall, 23, is not an official member of the Celtics just yet. The team signed him as an undrafted free agent and made his presence felt during the team’s Summer League games in Las Vegas.

He spoke to the Basketball Hall of Fame’s “60 Days of Summer” on Monday about the team’s young roster.

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“You can tell it’s such a positive vibe around it and everyone is working hard,” he said. “The ones who are here, the ones who are with Team USA, us — we started in summer league — I’m just looking forward to what’s to come.”

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It was really only a matter of time.

Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall, who is still vying for an official roster spot, appeared to be a fan favorite at a meet and greet event in Massachusetts on Tuesday.

CELTICS SIGN 7-FOOT-7 ROOKIE, WHO WOULD BE TIED FOR TALLEST EVER TO PLAY

The 7-foot-7-inch center from Central Florida was asked to sign several taco-related items at the event, according to the Boston Globe. The items included a box of taco shells, a taco hat, a tray from Taco Bell and even a picture of a taco.

Fall, 23, is not an official member of the Celtics just yet. The team signed him as an undrafted free agent and made his presence felt during the team’s Summer League games in Las Vegas.

He spoke to the Basketball Hall of Fame’s “60 Days of Summer” on Monday about the team’s young roster.

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“You can tell it’s such a positive vibe around it and everyone is working hard,” he said. “The ones who are here, the ones who are with Team USA, us — we started in summer league — I’m just looking forward to what’s to come.”

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Steve King’s View of Rape and Incest Is Not Abnormal Among GOP Lawmakers

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The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray price tag revealed

When the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was revealed in July, GM President Mark Reuss said it would start at “under $60,000.” Well, it does. Just.

Chevy announced Thursday that the new mid-engine supercar will have a base price of $59,995 for an 1LT model, including delivery. That’s just $3,000 more than the outgoing front-engine car.

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The Stingray will be available in three trims that offer increasing levels of equipment, with the LT2 priced at $67,295 and the LT3 $71,945. A Z51 performance package that adds an updated suspension, tires, bodywork and other equipment costs $5,000 and a hydraulic nose-lift to avoid scraping the front of the car on inclines is $1,495.

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The Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 rated at 490 hp, or 495 hp with an optional performance exhaust. Chevrolet said some versions will have a top speed of 194 mph and others will be able to accelerate to 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds.

Of course, good luck finding one at list price when production begins late this year. GM head designer Mike Simcoe recently said that the first year of production is essentially spoken for already, which means that big dealer markups are likely on early cars.

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U.S. Wants To Seize Iranian Tanker, Gibraltar Says

Westlake Legal Group ap_19201433041773_wide-261bbd66c56cc08c7dc6d6826ec26e4f3e15248f-s1100-c15 U.S. Wants To Seize Iranian Tanker, Gibraltar Says

A Royal Marine patrol vessel is seen beside Iran’s Grace 1 tanker in the British territory of Gibraltar on July 4. The tanker was impounded and now the U.S. Department of Justice has applied to seize it, according to Gibraltar. Marcos Moreno/AP hide caption

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Westlake Legal Group  U.S. Wants To Seize Iranian Tanker, Gibraltar Says

A Royal Marine patrol vessel is seen beside Iran’s Grace 1 tanker in the British territory of Gibraltar on July 4. The tanker was impounded and now the U.S. Department of Justice has applied to seize it, according to Gibraltar.

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The U.S. government has applied to take possession of the Grace 1, an Iranian oil tanker that was detained last month by the British, according to the Gibraltar government.

“The U.S. Department of Justice has applied to seize the Grace 1 on a number of allegations which are now being considered,” a spokesperson with Gibraltar’s government told NPR on Thursday.

The official said the case will return to the Supreme Court of Gibraltar at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET).

The Gibraltar Chronicle reported that the U.S. application came just hours before the government was scheduled to release the tanker. It also reported that the Grace 1’s captain and three officers were released from arrest in a separate development.

The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to NPR’s request for comment.

Grace 1 was raided in waters off the coast of Gibraltar, a British territory, by Britain’s Royal Marines on July 4. The tanker was impounded on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria — a breach of international sanctions against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Days later, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seized a British-flagged commercial oil tanker, called the Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz – a vital shipping route linking the Middle East to the world. Iran also briefly detained a U.K.-owned oil tanker, Mesdar.

The seizures this summer have escalated relations between the West and Tehran. Tensions already run high in the wake President Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Under the agreement, Iran said it would curb its nuclear programs in exchange for the U.S. easing of sanctions. The Trump administration has since imposed new economic sanctions on Iran and Iran said it has begun to enrich uranium above the levels established in the agreement.

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Philadelphia Mayor Pleads For Gun Control As Gunman Shoots At Police For Hours

Westlake Legal Group 5d5524c62200003100f5fc27 Philadelphia Mayor Pleads For Gun Control As Gunman Shoots At Police For Hours

As a gunman traded shots with officers, injuring several and holding multiple people hostage in a hours-long standoff with Philadelphia police on Wednesday, the city’s mayor decried the nation’s gun problem and called out lawmakers for failing to stand up to the National Rifle Association.

Speaking to reporters during the standoff — which dragged on for eight tense hours in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood of North Philadelphia after police attempted to serve a drug warrant — Mayor Jim Kenney expressed fury at the staggering amount of “weaponry” and “firepower” the suspect appeared to possess.

“Our officers need help. They need help with gun control. They need help with keeping these weapons out of these people’s hands,” Kenney told reporters at an outdoor news conference, getting soaked in the falling rain.

“Our officers deserve to be protected and they don’t deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with an unlimited supply of weapons and an unlimited supply of bullets,” he later added. “It’s disgusting and we got to do something about it … we need to do something about it quickly.” 

Philadelphia police said early Thursday that the suspect had been taken into custody after refusing for hours to surrender.

The gunman shot and injured six police officers earlier in the day — all six of whom were treated in area hospitals and then released, police spokesman Sgt. Eric Gripp said. The assailant also held two officers and a number of other prisoners hostage before releasing them on Wednesday night, per Gripp. 

Police have not revealed the suspect’s identity and it’s unclear what weapons and ammunition were used during the skirmish. WPVI-TV reported that several rounds of gunfire continued for over an hour at one point during the confrontation.

One woman in the neighborhood told the station that she heard “over 100 gunshots.”

“I heard so many gunshots… I’m scared,” she told WPVI.

During the news conference, Kenney deplored the gun crisis in America as “aggravating” and “saddening” and accused the federal government and state lawmakers of not wanting “to stand up to the NRA.” 

“This government, both on federal and state level, don’t want to do anything about getting these guns off the streets and getting them out of the hands of criminals,” Kenney said.

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