Gunfire, police chase erupt downtown

A police chase from Grays Ferry into Center City ended in gunfire late Thursday night, authorities said.

About 10:15 p.m. around 27th and Tasker Streets, officers spotted several men, one of whom was firing a gun, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. “They heard the shots,” Small said. “They saw the muzzle flash.”

The gunman and two others fled in an SUV-type vehicle, with police in pursuit, Small said. A gun was tossed from the vehicle on the 600 block of South 27th Street, Small said. Police recovered the gun, a 9mm semiautomatic Beretta, he said.

The men fled the vehicle near 24th and Spruce Streets, where another handgun was discarded, Small said. An officer fired a single shot, hitting one of the men in the left arm, Small said. The man was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was in stable condition. The other two men were taken into custody.

Next to the vehicle, officers found two bags of heroin and several packets of marijuana, Small said.

No injuries were reported in the Grays Ferry shooting, though a parked car had been struck by gunfire, Small said.