PHILADELPHIA - A suspect is dead following a wild shootout that left two police officers injured and four civilians wounded in West Philadelphia on Friday, authorities said.
During a news conference, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Sgt. Sylvia Young and Ed Miller, an officer with the Univeristy of Pennsylvania police force, were wounded in the attack. Both officers were transported to Penn Presbyterian Hospital and are in stable condition.
Ross said two of the four civilians who were wounded were in critical condition. Identities of the civilians and suspect were not immediately released.
Though the motive of the incident remains unclear, FOX29 reported a note was found expressing the suspect's hatred of police officers.
The attack started at about 11:20 p.m. when Young, a 19-year law enforcement veteran, was sitting in her patrol car, Ross said. The commissioner added that Young was shot eight times, with multiple shots hitting her protective vest and left arm.
The suspect fled, Ross said, and shot into a nearby bar, striking a security guard in the leg. The man then grabbed a woman and used her as a shield before shooting her in the leg.
Moments later, as police gave chase, the suspect shot into a car, striking a man and a woman in the chest.
The police commissioner said Miller and two additional officers followed the suspect into an alley and fatally shot him.