A shootout yesterday in Philadelphia’s Nicetown neighborhood resulted in 6 police officers being wounded
They were all released from the hospital last night.
FoxNews.com reported last night that
High-ranking police officials said two officers with the Narcotics Strike Force were serving a warrant at a multifamily home — in what may have been a drug-related offense — when a shooter opened fire at the home. The two officers were barricaded in separate rooms with as many as four suspects.
After five hours of enduring consistent gunfire, the two officers were safely evacuated, although the suspect remained armed and inside the house, according to Philadelphia Police Department Sgt. Eric Gripp.
Hostage negotiators and a SWAT team were on the scene.
“Officers are attempting to communicate with the shooter; imploring him to surrender and avoid further injuries,” Gripp tweeted.
Ross said that some suspects “were taken into custody initially and there may be someone in custody inside [the building] but there’s no indication that the shooter is trying to surrender.” He added that police were confident the shooter was still alive given the frequency of shots still being fired, but police have not been able to speak to the shooter yet.
Law enforcement officials continued to make repeated attempts to talk to the shooter, communicating over a loudspeaker as well as trying to reach him by phone, Ross said. Police also were trying to work with a person close to the shooter to make contact with him, but so far, the suspect has answered the phone but didn’t speak. Fox News has learned that that liaison is the shooter’s girlfriend.
“He continues to fire rounds out of a window,” Ross said.
The SWAT team attempted to enter the building but were forced to retreat because of heavy gunfire through the first-floor ceiling up towards a higher floor of the building, as well as out the window, a law enforcement official told Fox News.
Hundreds of rounds of gunfire could be heard throughout the afternoon. The gunman was armed with an AR15 and several handguns, officials told Fox News.
Ross said many rounds of ammunition struck the SWAT truck and buildings across the street and “right now we’re not sure” if it’s just one shooter.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he’s “angry about someone having all that weaponry and all that firepower.”
Officials negotiating with the suspect tried to assure him that he would not be harmed if he surrendered, to no avail.
“We’re just trying to do as much as we can to resolve this peacefully,” Ross said, adding that it’s a “very volatile situation that is still unfolding.”
Four women who were on the second floor of the building as the shootout continued were rescued by police officers and led to safety.
…Philadelphia has been riddled with drug-related crime with several major busts occurring since the beginning of 2019.
U.S. officials seized over $1 billion worth of cocaine in June from a ship at a Philadelphia port, in a bust that the U.S. attorney’s office called one of the largest in American history.
One month later, law enforcement officials seized six kilos of heroin and fentanyl, two kilos of cocaine, five handguns, one rifle, $200,000 cash, as well as other drug paraphernalia after a 3-month long wiretap investigation on the Kensignton neighborhood in Philadelphia.
In March, drug dogs sniffed out 1,185 pounds of cocaine worth about $38 million, a bust that was recognized at the time as the city’s largest seizure of the drug in more than two decades.
The shooter is now in police custody.
As I sat down to write last night, Jesse Watters on Fox News Channel was playing a video from MSNBC showing Democratic Presidential wannabe Cory Booker calling for gun control, leading the inevitable Democrat Politician Chorus that had not even waited for the situation to be over with before, as Fox News Contributor Dan Bongino would say “opening their pie holes.”
Here’s the thing, though.
Perhaps, especially in this case, it is not as simple as a need to restrict the 2nd Amendment Rights of Americans, as it is a problem with municipalities having suffered under decades of Democratic Leadership.
In case you haven’t noticed, the most violent cities in America, my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee included, have been run into the ground as a result of decades of poor stewardship by Democratic Mayors and Democratic-majority city councils.
And, those Democrat Polticians do not even try to hide their graft and corruption.
For example, Memphis has a Mayoral Election coming up. One of the candidates running in it is Former Mayor W.W. “King Willie” Herenton, Memphis’ first Black Mayor, who stayed in office from 1991-2008, when he declined to run again while under investigation by the FBI.
The mass exodus of Memphis taxpayers started during the reign of “King Willie”, who told taxpayers of the Caucasian persuasion, if they did not like the way he was running the city, they could leave.
So, they did.
Since then, violent crime in Memphis has steadily risen, to the point where some suburban husbands will not allow their families to enter Memphis during the day or night.
In municipalities like New York City, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, under Democratic Leadership, doing the right thing is often cast aside for doing the “politically correct” thing.
And, if you run hard working taxpayers out of your city in the name of “social justice” and “political correctness”, then who is left to grow your city, maintain your neighborhoods, and finance your municipal projects?
I don’t believe that the criminals in the article above pay their municipal taxes.
And, they won’t turn in their guns, no matter how nicely Democrat-run municipal governments ask them to and no matter how many gun control laws they pass.
If you don’t believe, read the Chicago gun fatalities and injuries report from the weekend, next Monday morning.
Until He Comes,