The crowd cheered on suspected gunman Maurice Hill, 36, and taunted and threw things at police as they battled for their lives in Philadelphia on Wednesday
Philadelphia police officers were conducting a drug raid on a house in Philly’s Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood, on Wednesday when a man started shooting at them with an assault rifle
Video has emerged showing the abuse of the bystanders as well as the harrowing onslaught of AK-47 gunfire that struck six officers
Hill’s criminal record prior to Wednesday’s shooting shows one open case dating back to a 2007 arrest, for which he is currently awaiting a pre-trial conference
Cops were serving a narcotics warrant in the kitchen a in the rear of the house when the suspect started firing at them forcing Officers to flee through the doors and windows
Witnesses reported more than 100 rounds fired before police arrived, and said at least one of the cops got shot in the head
Suspect emerged with his hands in the air after the authorities shot tear gas into the Philadelphia home where the gunshots that struck six officers came from
On Thursday, President Donald Trump said the suspect with an ‘extensive rap sheet’ should ‘never been allowed on the street
Suspected gunman Maurice Hill, [photo], was taken into custody by a SWAT team on Wednesday, emerging with his hands in the air after the authorities shot tear gas into the Philadelphia home where the he’d barricaded himself to fire at police
Video has emerged of a crowd taunting and throwing things at police throughout an eight-hour standoff where six officers were shot and two others were held hostage on Wednesday in Philadelphia, prompting President Donald Trump to declare the suspected shooter with an ‘extensive rap sheet’ should ‘never been allowed on the streets.’
Maurice Hill, 36, was taken into custody by a SWAT team, emerging with his hands in the air after the authorities shot tear gas into the home where the gunshots were coming from, police source Eric Gripp said.
Harrowing footage of the onslaught of AK-47 gunfire was captured by home surveillance camera across the street from the assault, as police also endure abuse from the bystanders who cheered on the suspect.
On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted: ‘The Philadelphia shooter should never have been allowed to be on the streets. He had a long and very dangerous criminal record. Looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after wounding so many police. Long sentence – must get much tougher on street crime!’
Hill’s criminal record prior to Wednesday’s shooting shows one open case dating back to a 2007 arrest, for which he is currently awaiting a pre-trail conference, according to records DailyMail.com obtained from the Pennsylvania court system.
Maurice Hill surrenders to SWAT
Shocking video and photos show crowds taunting cops and throwing things at them as they were responding to the shooter.
One photo shows the people gathered outside a Philadelphia home as the police battled the AK-47 wielding gunman.
‘A major moment of disappointment this evening was watching a crowd of people taunt police officers, laughing and yelling at them in the midst of the gunfire,’ tweeted CBS3 reporter Alexandria Hoff early on Thursday morning.
According to CBS 3, Hill, who has a lengthy history of gun convictions, was not injured during the standoff.
The crowd gathered outside the home in Philadelphia, as police battled the AK-47 wielding gunman on Wednesday
Authorities initially took one suspect into custody after he was arrested inside the same residence while officers executed the warrant.
In the process of attempting to fully execute the warrant, two officers ran upstairs but didn’t realize the gunman was waiting downstairs.
Hill allegedly fired an AK-47 through the ceiling, prompting the officers to fire back.
The shooter was moving up and down the interior stairs in the building, shooting into the ceiling and outside the home.
‘Many of them had to escape through windows and doors to escape from a barrage of bullets,’ Commissioner Ross said during an initial news conference Wednesday evening.
‘It’s nothing short of a miracle that we don’t have multiple officers killed today,’ Ross said.
The six officers who were struck by gunfire have been released from hospitals, Gripp said.
Two other officers who were trapped inside the house for about five hours after the shooting broke out were freed by a SWAT team shortly after 9.30pm.
About 30 minutes later, three people that officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated.
Maurice hill surrenders to SWAT after several hours of standoff, Wednesday
‘I was just coming off the train and I was walking upstairs and there were people running back downstairs who said that there was someone up there shooting cops,’ said Abdul Rahman Muhammad, 21, an off-duty medic. ‘There was just a lot of screaming and chaos.’
One of the six injured officers, a father-of-two, suffered a graze wound to the head. Two other officers were also injured in a car accident while responding to the shooting.
All of the officers were either transported to Temple University Hospital or Einstein Medical Center.
Local reports described ‘rapid fire’ that took place almost every 30-40 minutes.
Police called the man’s phone, talked with him on a bullhorn and involved a family member in the negotiations, Ross said, adding that ‘we are doing everything in our power to get him to come out’.
‘There’s no indication that he’s trying to surrender,’ Ross said Wednesday evening.
Between 6.20pm and 7.15pm no other shots were heard in the area. By 7.30pm another round of shots were fired. The standoff ended up stretching into nearly eight hours.
Hill’s lawyer Shaka Johnson said the suspect called him at around 8.30pm. ‘Maurice called me in a panic, obviously. He did not want this to end violently and he really was sort of taking an opportunity to speak his peace. I told him “You gotta surrender, man,”‘ Johnson told the news station. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said numerous agents assisted Philadelphia police during the situation. To make matters even more difficult for officers, darkness fell and forecasters issued a flash flood warning for the area around 9pm. Thunderstorms moved through Philadelphia on Wednesday night until at least 11pm.
Paramedics roll a stretcher near the scene of police involved shooting in Philadelphia on Thursday evening. Police said the six officers were shot and injured, but none suffered life-threatening injuries.
During Wednesday evening’s press conference, Kenney spoke to reporters and said: ‘I’m a little bit angry about someone having all that weaponry and all that firepower, but we’ll get to that another day.’ Kenney said he was able to speak to the injured officers and said they ‘are in good spirits’. ‘Our concern right now is for them and their families,’ Kenney said. Hogan Gidley, the principal deputy White House press secretary, said the president had been briefed on the shooting and continued to monitor the situation. Pennsylvania Gov Tom Wolf and Attorney General William Barr were also briefed on the standoff. Presidential candidate Joe Biden, a Pennsylvania native, tweeted about the incident Wednesday evening. ‘@DrBiden and I send our prayers to the police officers injured today in Philadelphia, and to their families who wake up every day knowing that their loved ones are walking into harm’s way when they put on the badge. ‘We’re grateful for the selfless work they do to keep us safe,’ he added.
During the active shooter situation officers swarmed the street and surrounded the building with their guns drawn as the gunman fired shots at police.
Officers could be seen crouching behind police vehicles on the blocked off street. Multiple officers took cover alongside a building as the gunman continued to fire at them.
Authorities evacuated people from their homes and nearby businesses as they attempted to take control over the situation. There were no reports of civilians being injured by gunfire.