Philadelphia, PA — Philadelphia Police Chief Ed Tomba said Thursday that the shooting victim was a former member of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team and that the suspect in the shooting had a firearm.
Tomba said he didn’t know if the suspect was armed or had a permit to carry a firearm when he opened fire Wednesday at the intersection of North and East 9th streets in the city’s East Garfield Park neighborhood.
He said the shooting was the latest in a series of recent incidents in the nation’s third-largest city where police have been under scrutiny for the way they investigate shootings.
“We are looking into this very seriously,” he said.
The suspect, who police say is in his 20s, is still at large.
The shooting happened shortly after 8 p.m. in the 300 block of North 9th Street, where Tomba and other police officers and other city workers were helping to put up barricades in case of a second shooting.
A few minutes later, another shooting took place at the same intersection.
Police Chief Ed “Hawk” Tomba says he did not know if a man was armed when he shot a police officer and was shot by an armed suspect at the scene of an unrelated shooting.
Tomba speaks during a press conference at the department headquarters on Wednesday.
The suspect is still on the loose and no one else was injured.
Philadelphia police Chief Ed Tomlinson says a man is in custody in connection with the shooting of a police Officer in the 1100 block of West 9th St. Earlier in the day, Philadelphia police officers responded to a report of a man with a gun.
No one was injured, police said.
A spokesman for the police union, Officer Charles Jones, said officers are “aware of a report that a man has a gun” in the area of 9th and 8th streets.
In recent days, police have also been at the forefront of efforts to try to prevent gun violence.
On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all guns would be prohibited in city buildings by July 1, with a new policy that includes bans on handguns and semi-automatic rifles, including the semiautomatic rifles.
On Thursday, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he was ordering police to ban firearms from the city.
Kenney said Thursday’s shootings had nothing to do with the gun control efforts.
This is not a race issue.
This is not about race.
This was not about a police union.
This isn’t about gun rights.
This has nothing to with race, said Kenney.
But some people are not buying it, including some who say it’s the first time the city has gone after a large group of people, especially in such a short period of time.
Tombas office says the suspect has a permit, but his gun was found on a neighbor. “
I think the city should be doing this to try and prevent other incidents from occurring in the future.”
Tombas office says the suspect has a permit, but his gun was found on a neighbor.
The department has since updated its rules on the use of guns.