Cops shoot gunman in North Philadelphia

A man was critically injured during a police-involved shooting in North Philadelphia this morning.

Around 1:40 a.m., two Temple University police officers in plain clothes responded to reports of a man armed with a gun at 8th and Thompson streets, said city police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers. 

They spotted the suspect and gave chase and nearby city officers joined the pursuit, Evers said. When a city cop saw the suspect with a gun in his hand, he got out of his patrol car and followed the man on foot, with the Temple cops trailing closely behind. 

When the pursuit reached Franklin Street near Girard Avenue, the suspect allegedly turned toward the city cop, causing him to fire a single shot, which missed the man, Evers said. The chase continued and when the man turned to face the officer a second time, the cop fired again, striking the suspect in the right shoulder and neck, Evers said. 

The 24-year-old man, who has not been identified, was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he remains today in critical condition. 

Police said a .45-caliber semi-automatic gun with obliterated serial numbers was recovered from the scene.