A gunman was shot and killed late Friday after going on a deadly rampage in West Philadelphia, killing one bystander and wounding three civilians and two police officers, including one hit at point-blank range by bullets fired into her protective vest.
“Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, calling the incident “completely bizarre,” said the shooting began when the unidentified gunman ambushed Sgt. Sylvia Young as she sat in her patrol car.
“She didn’t hear him say a word,” Ross said.
Young, who was hit at least eight times in her protective vest and left arm, shouted “help me, please!” into her police radio moments after the attack.
After fleeing on foot, the suspect fired into a bar, hitting a security guard, then grabbed a female patron as a human shield before shooting her in the leg.
He then fired into a passing car, killing a woman and critically injuring a man before he was shot and killed by police in an alley.
Ed Miller, a former Philadelphia police officer now working for the University of Pennsylvania police force, was hit in the leg as he joined officers in cornering the suspect.”
Young and Miller, who were listed in stable condition Saturday morning, were alert and speaking with family members.