PHILADELPHIA — For a second night in a row, Philadelphia police officers came under fire, although this time no one was injured.

Officers patrolling a central city district packed with restaurants, shops and clubs shortly before midnight Saturday said they detected a strong odor of marijuana from a passing group. When they called out to the group, a man fled.

Officers pursued him to a nearby street, where authorities say he opened fire, discharging at least three shots. The officers didn’t return fire.

The 19-year-old suspect later was found hiding behind a building and was taken into custody. He was taken to a hospital “for treatment for a severe sprain to his right ankle that was the result of jumping over fences of the rear yards of homes,” police said.

The shooting came almost exactly 24 hours after a police sergeant was shot and wounded in her car in west Philadelphia and a University of Pennsylvania police officer and four other people were shot and wounded before the gunman was killed. A 25-year-old woman among those shot later died.

In other violence around the city, a 22-year-old man was critically injured when he was shot in the back 10 times and three women were also hit by gunfire in a parking lot shared by two nightclubs in northeast Philadelphia around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. About an hour later, in north Philadelphia, a man was shot in the head and critically injured and another man was hit in the arm and shoulder area during an alleged drug sale outside a fast-food establishment. Police said they don’t know who the target was of those shootings.

On Saturday, also in north Philadelphia, a 23-year-old man was critically injured by gunshot wounds to his chest, back and arms fired by a man whose face was covered by black “woman’s Muslim garb,” police said.

Aside from the 19-year-old man who was arrested, no arrests have been made in the shootings, police said.


This story has been corrected to show that police now say one suspect was arrested, not two.

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