Police responding to a shooting in Kingsessing exchanged fire with a suspect this afternoon, striking the man several times in the face and body and leaving him in critical condition.
Police said officers responded to a shooting that left a 50-year-old man wounded on Frazier Street near Chester Avenue. Several blocks away, cops encountered the suspect, a 19-year-old man, on Greenway Avenue near 53rd Street. Police said the suspect opened fire on the two police officers. Both returned fire, wounding him several times.
Police said they later recovered a silver automatic handgun at the scene of the shooting. The suspect was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition.
No police officers were hurt in the incident. The 50-year-old victim hurt in the initial shooting is in stable condition at HUP with a gunshot wound to the buttocks, according to police.
The incident marks the second police-involved shooting of the day, after police said officers encountered an armed suspect in North Philadelphia this morning on 4th Street near York. That man, according to police, leveled a gun at the cops, who then shot and wounded him. He is in critical condition at Temple University Hospital, and police said they also recovered a gun at that scene that the suspect had tossed over a fence.
The two shootings came a day after an announcement that Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey requested an independent review of police-involved shootings in the city.
Last week, police shot three allegedly armed suspects in the city, killing two of them. In each of those cases, police officials said, a handgun the suspect had been carrying was recovered at the scene.