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Philadelphia mayor calls for gun control action after officers injured in standoff

Philadelphia mayor calls for gun control action after officers injured in standoffJim Kenney urged state and federal government to stand up to NRA or ‘then let us police ourselves’The long standoff was eventually resolved when the suspected gunman was taken into custody. Photograph: Mark Makela/Getty ImagesThe mayor of Philadelphia has joined a growing chorus of calls for America to take action on gun control after a dramatic shooting incident in which six police officers were wounded as they served a drug warrant.The officers were injured as part of a night of drama which saw a tense standoff eventually resolved when the suspected gunman was taken into custody. It is believed he had an automatic rifle and he exchanged multiple bursts of gunfire with police which saw civilians run for cover in a densely populated part of the city.That prompted Philadelphia’s mayor, Jim Kenney, to call for greater restrictions on guns.“Our officers need help. They need help with gun control. They need help with keeping these weapons out of these people’s hands. This government, both on federal and state level, don’t want to do anything about getting these guns off the streets and getting them out of the hands of criminals,” he said.Kenney also attacked the gun rights lobby in the shape of the National Rifle Association, which has repeatedly worked to stymie almost every effort at gun control. “And if the state and federal government don’t want to stand up to the NRA and some other folks, then let us police ourselves. But they pre-empt us on all kinds of gun control legislation,” he said.“Our officers deserve to be protected and they don’t deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with an unlimited supply of weapons and an unlimited supply of bullets. So it’s disgusting and we have to do something about it,” he added.The calls come after recent twin mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton that have sparked yet another round of America’s national conversation about its epidemic of gun violence and what to do about the heavy weapons that are readily available to millions of people across the country.The shooting that caused Kenney’s ire began around 4.30pm local time on Wednesday as officers went to a home in a north Philadelphia neighborhood of brick and stone rowhomes to serve a narcotics warrant in an operation “that went awry almost immediately”, Philadelphia’s police commissioner, Richard Ross, said.Many officers “had to escape through windows and doors to get [away] from a barrage of bullets”, Ross said.The six officers who were struck by gunfire have been released from hospitals.Two other officers were trapped inside the house for about five hours after the shooting broke out but were freed by a Swat team well after darkness fell on the residential neighborhood. Three people who officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated, police said.“It’s nothing short of a miracle that we don’t have multiple officers killed today,” Ross said.Police implored the gunman to surrender, at one point patching in his lawyer on the phone with him to try to persuade him to give up, Ross said.Temple University locked down part of its campus, and several children and staff were trapped for some time in a nearby daycare center.Police tried to push crowds of onlookers and residents back from the scene. In police radio broadcasts, officers could be heard calling for backup as reports of officers getting shot poured in.



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Federal prosecutor blames shootout on 'rhetoric' of Philadelphia DA

Federal prosecutor blames shootout on 'rhetoric' of Philadelphia DAIn the wake of a shootout that injured six police officers, the U.S. attorney in Philadelphia denounced the city’s chief prosecutor for fostering a toxic atmosphere regarding the police.



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'We have to do something': Mayor calls for gun control after Philadelphia shooting; suspect identified

'We have to do something': Mayor calls for gun control after Philadelphia shooting; suspect identifiedA gunman is in custody after shooting six Philadelphia police officers in an hourslong standoff that ended early Thursday. Here's what we know now.



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Gunman surrenders after 'volatile' hourslong standoff in Philadelphia; 6 officers shot

Gunman surrenders after 'volatile' hourslong standoff in Philadelphia; 6 officers shotAll six officers who were shot were transported to local hospitals but later released, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp tweeted



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Six US police wounded in Philadelphia shooting

Six US police wounded in Philadelphia shootingSix police officers were shot and wounded in the US city of Philadelphia on Wednesday during an hours-long incident that began when police tried to execute a narcotics warrant, the Philadelphia Police Department said. All of the officers were later released from hospital, but police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr said that in 30 years he had never seen so many officers shot over such a long period of time. The incident comes after two mass shootings in the US earlier this month — one in Dayton, Ohio and the other in El Paso, Texas — left a total of 31 people dead.



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6 Philadelphia police officers shot; suspect surrenders after hourslong standoff

6 Philadelphia police officers shot; suspect surrenders after hourslong standoffA gunman surrendered early Thursday morning following a standoff with Philadelphia police that lasted more than seven hours leaving six officers shot and three others injured.



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I-95 crash leaves Millville teen dead, 4 others injured in Philadelphia

I-95 crash leaves Millville teen dead, 4 others injured in PhiladelphiaA South Jersey teen has died after a multi-vehicle accident on I-95 in Philadelphia.



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Philadelphia crime boss gets 2 years in prison

Philadelphia crime boss gets 2 years in prisonNEW YORK (AP) — A notorious Philadelphia mob boss sentenced to two years in prison for illegal betting quipped outside court Wednesday that President Donald Trump was right to suggest cooperators or flippers should be outlawed.



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Passengers fall ill on two flights from Europe to Philadelphia

Passengers fall ill on two flights from Europe to PhiladelphiaAll 250 people on separate American Airlines flights from Munich and Paris were “held for a medical review” as a precaution, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was notified, Philadelphia International Airport spokeswoman Diane Gerace said. Flight 717 from Munich and Flight 755 from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris both arrived in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, she said.



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Passengers screened after suffering flu-like illness on separate flights to Philadelphia

Passengers screened after suffering flu-like illness on separate flights to PhiladelphiaPassengers and crew on two flights arriving in Philadelphia from Europe on Thursday were screened by medical teams after 12 people aboard became ill with flu-like symptoms, a day after a similar outbreak on a flight from Dubai to New York. All 250 people on separate American Airlines flights from Munich and Paris were "held for a medical review" as a precaution, and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was notified, Philadelphia International Airport spokeswoman Diane Gerace said. Flight 717 from Munich Airport and Flight 755 from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris both arrived in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, she said. The CDC worked with Philadelphia health officers, emergency responders and Customs and Border Patrol agents to evaluate the sick passengers for influenza and other respiratory illnesses, CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes said. "Twelve passengers from the two flights reported sore throat and cough, none were identified with fever. None of the passengers are severely ill, and they will be released and informed of test results in 24 hours," Mr Haynes said. Passengers leave an Emirates airplane at New York's Kennedy Airport amid reports of ill passengers aboard a flight from Dubai  Credit: AP The rest of the passengers from the two flights were allowed to continue on to their destination, he said, adding that the CDC would provide further information when tests results were confirmed. No one on either plane was quarantined, American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott said. She said members of the crews had not contacted medical personnel ahead of landing to alert them of sick passengers on board. On Wednesday, at least 19 people aboard an Emirates airlines double-deck Airbus 380 flight from Dubai were confirmed ill when the aircraft landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Ten of them were treated at a local hospital. A press secretary for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday that test results had confirmed influenza. "Some tests came back inconclusive on other viruses, which is common," de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips said on Twitter, adding that the tests were being re-administered. "All 10 patients will be kept in the hospital as a precaution until we know those final results," Phillips said. There was no indication the incidents, which occurred over two days at separate U.S. airports, were related.  In an another apparently unrelated health scare, passengers on four Southwest Airlines flights in Texas may have been exposed to measles in the last 16 days. Southwest Airlines confirmed passengers on two flights in and out of Dallas Love Field may have been exposed and  they were working with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to inform those affected, NBC 5 reported.



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