Two men are fighting for their lives tonight as police try to piece together an incident in Strawberry Mansion that saw an officer exchanging fire with an armed suspect.
Just before 4 p.m., officers responded to reports of a man shot on Page Street near 30th, said Inspector Stephen Cross.
The man, 19, was shot three times in his arms and face and taken to Temple University Hospital, said police.
He remains there tonight in "serious condition," said Cross.
Danielle Gindraw was out on the corner, talking to her neighbors on Page Street, when she heard those gunshots.
At first, she thought the noise was from firecrackers. The she heard the screams.
When she rounded the corner, she said, she saw the 19-year-old lying on the sidewalk in a pool of blood.
About a half hour later, as neighbors milled about the scene, more chaos erupted.
In footage captured on Gindraw's smartphone, additional shots ring out, and officers in the area began sprinting toward their point of origin.
"This is crazy," Gindraw said. "Things happen all the time here, but two at once? It's just sad."
According to Cross, the second set of gunfire came when officers investigating the shooting were tipped off that the suspects had fled to a house on 32nd and Page.
As officers searched the house, a 32-year-old man ran into its backyard, armed with a handgun.
The man pointed his gun at a uniformed officer, who opened fire, striking him once in the abdomen.
Police rushed him to Temple, where he remains in critical condition.
Another man inside the home at the time of the shooting was taken into custody, Cross said.
There is no information available on a motive in the initial shooting, Cross said.