A gunman targeting Officers carried a note titled “Doomed” fired 18 shots at an unsuspecting Philadelphia Police sergeant Friday night, then went on a rampage before being stopped, killing a woman and injuring several others.
The suspect, Nicholas Glenn, who police believe was 25, was killed a half hour after initially ambushing a 19 year Police Sgt. Sylvia Young, 46, as she sat in her patrol vehicle. The gunman fired 18 times, Ross said, striking Young several times in the arm. Two bullets lodged in Young’s bullet resistant vest. Another two struck her service pistol, disabling it.
“I don’t know if she would have been able to return fire if she wanted to,” according to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross.
Seconds later, she could be heard on the police radio: “I’m at the McDonald’s on 51st St.,” she screamed. “Help me, please!”
Glenn was cornered in an alley by three officers who chased him through crowded Philadelphia streets while he fired indiscriminately at random passersby.
Commissioner Ross says as many as four officers discharged their weapons during the incident.
Although Galent apparently did not know Young, he was “clearly trying to assassinate her,” Ross said.
Ross called the violent eruption “surreal,” as the gunman attacked Young, fired into a bar five times, used a woman briefly as a shield before shooting her in the leg, and then fired 14 times into a passing vehicle, wounding one man in the chest and killing a 25-year-old woman inside.
The gunman was eventually chased into a alley, where he exchanged gunfire with police, hitting Miller, before he was killed.
In all, six people were shot by the gunman — including two injured officers and the 25-year-old woman who was killed as she sat in a vehicle with a man, according to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross. All of the injured were expected to survive, Ross said in an afternoon press conference.
One 25-year-old woman was killed in the attack and two officers were hospitalized.
Three civilians were also wounded, including one who remains in critical condition.
Investigators found a “rambling” letter on the gunman’s corpse that, while somewhat incoherent, expressed anger toward the man’s probation officer and police in general.