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Philadelphia gunman dead after shooting SEPTA officer, 2 women, police say


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A Transit Police officer and two women were shot dead in Philadelphia on Wednesday and the suspected gunman died following a clash with authorities, police said.

A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) officer was fatally shot near the Frankford Arrot Transportation Center in Philadelphia around 7:15 p.m., a SEPTA spokesperson told Fox News.

Authorities said chaos began when Philadelphia police officers on patrol heard gunfire and saw an armed suspect running. They chased him to a building next door, Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp told reporters.

Shortly after, authorities received reports that two people had been shot. The women, aged 57 and 42, were found with gunshot wounds near the intersection of Griscom and Arrott streets. Both suffered hip injuries and were hospitalized in stable condition.

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In the building, the suspect barricaded himself and opened fire on Philadelphia and SEPTA officers from the second and third floors, police said. At one point, a SEPTA officer was shot in the abdomen and remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

He was operated on Wednesday evening.

Several officers shot the suspect before SWAT units arrived, police said. Around 8 p.m., officers used unspecified technology indicating the suspect was on the second floor, Gripp said.

They confirmed he was dead and appeared to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Gripp said. Investigators recovered a weapon but did not provide details.

“Here we are again another night in our city and this completely, utterly, unacceptable and reckless gun violence has almost claimed the lives of three innocent people,” Gripp said.

Philadelphia police officers at the scene where a transit officer and two women were fatally shot on Wednesday by a gunman who barricaded himself in a building apparently before
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SEPTA tweeted that trains will bypass the Arrott Transit Hub in both directions due to police activity in the area.

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