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A Pennsylvania police officer and two others were shot in northeast Philadelphia on Wednesday night before the suspect shot himself, according to authorities.

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The Philadelphia Police Department said in a statement that the officer with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) is in critical but stable condition.

The two women, aged 57 and 42, were shot in the buttocks and are expected to recover from their injuries, the statement said.
According to reports, the shooting occurred around 7 p.m. and police chased the armed suspect into an apartment building. Eric Grip said. Around the same time, police received reports that two women had been shot nearby.

“Deputies from both the Philadelphia Police Department and the SEPTA Police Department were on the scene, and the man was shooting at officers on the second and third floors of the building,” Grip said.

The officer was shot in the abdomen and taken to hospital.
Monae Alvarado was in an apartment building opposite the scene and recorded video showing the exchange of fire.

“My husband and I live in an apartment building across the street from where it happened. We heard a lot of commotion and footsteps outside, like someone was running, and we looked outside, and that’s when we heard gunshots, ‘ she told CNN.

“We saw the guy shoot the police before they ran into the apartment building, and one of them limped behind a police car parked in front of the building. From there they started swapping shots on my phone and started streaming, as That’s what you see on my page. It’s a chaotic scene.

SWAT teams arrived and cordoned off the building, police said. They ultimately determined that the gunman died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the statement said.
America is grappling with a rise in gun violence and crime.
So far this year, 11,202 people have been killed by firearms in the U.S. and 110 police officers have been killed or injured, according to the Gun Violence File. Over the weekend, shootings took place across the country, killing 13 people and injuring more than 40.