At least six officers were shot Wednesday near Temple University in Philadelphia, authorities said. Police spokesman Eric Gripp said the officers were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
Gripp later tweeted that officials were trying to communicate with the suspect, "pleading with him to abandon and avoid further injuries."
Gripp tweeted that children from nearby day care centers with dozens of children inside had been evacuated.
Four women who were escorted from the scene told CBS Philadelphia that they were on the second floor of the building with the suspect. "I thank God for these cops," said one woman.
He said that the shooting range was still active in the city's Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood. Police urged residents to avoid the area. Additional officers were also treated for injuries without gunshots, Gripp says.
Sources told CBS Philadelphia that it appeared the suspect was live streaming at least part of the shootout. A male suspect is believed to be barricaded inside a building when shots were fired at officers, CBS Philadelphia reported.
The police were first called to the scene around 5 pm. for drug companies, Captain Sekou Kinebrew told CBS Philadelphia.
At least one officer was shot in the head, one shot in the leg and another in the hand. It is unclear where the other officers were shot. Several of the officers fired were taken to Temple University Hospital. The university said the Health Sciences Center had been in lockdown for several hours, and it was lifted at 7pm
"Seek protection. Safe doors. Silent. Be still. Police respond," the university tweeted .
Police asked news helicopters to avoid the area, tweeted that they were preventing police activity.
High Spokesman Hogan Gidley said President Trump had been informed of the situation and is monitoring.
Jericka Duncan contributed to this report. This is a groundbreaking story. It will be updated.