What We Know About The Philadelphia Shooting – And What Happens Next
The shooting of a police officer in Philadelphia early Friday morning has left the city shaken and searching for answers. Who shot the officer? What motivated him to shoot the officer? Was he working with anyone else? The questions are piling up as fast as new details about this developing story. Here’s what we know so far, and what comes next. We know that around 4 am on Friday, September 7th, 2019 an off-duty police officer was sitting in his personal car outside of his home in South Philly when someone opened fire on him. He was struck multiple times by bullets which shattered the window of his car and ripped through his flesh. Bleeding heavily, he drove to a nearby hospital where he remains in critical condition. Addressing reporters on Friday afternoon, Philadelphia Police Commissioner William Green said that investigators believe the shooter may have been an acquaintance or friend of the victim; however they are still trying to determine whether this was a deliberate act or something more coincidental like mistaken identity or road rage gone awry. Some details remain unknown but here’s everything we know about this shooting so far…
What we know about the shooting of the Philadelphia Police Officer
Early Friday morning, an off-duty police officer was shot multiple times by a lone gunman outside of his home in South Philly. The attack came after a Thursday night where tensions between police and the community were running high. According to local media reports, around 2 am on Thursday, a young black man in North Philly was chased down and arrested by a group of plainclothes police officers who were allegedly impersonating a federal task force. The arrest triggered an impromptu protest that eventually shut down a major intersection. It was there that the Philadelphia police commissioner had an altercation with a woman that he later described as a “thug.” Police Commissioner William Green told reporters that the woman grabbed his arm and wouldn’t let go. She allegedly shouted, “Fuck you! Fuck the Police!” He said to her, “You’re yanking my arm! You’re hurting my arm,” at which point a nearby police officer intervened and threw the woman to the ground.
Who shot the officer?
Unknown, but investigators believe it may have been someone the victim knew or had contact with recently.
What’s known about the suspect?
Unknown, but investigators believe the suspect may have been someone the victim knew or had contact with recently.
Why did he shoot the officer?
Unknown, but investigators believe the suspect may have been angry with the victim.
Who else knew about, or helped plan, this attack?
Unknown, but investigators believe the suspect may have been angry with the victim and had help from someone else.
What happens next?
The investigation will continue as authorities continue to try and piece together what happened and why. They are working to identify the suspect and determine whether he acted alone and whether there are other people involved in this attack. After the investigation, the suspect could face charges including attempted murder and/or murder. Investigators will also be working to determine if there’s any connection between this attack and other recent acts of violence and threats against police.