WATCH: Philadelphia mayor issues plea for change to gun laws following shooting
Six police officers were wounded in a shooting in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
A number of police officers in Philadelphia were shot as they tended to an incident in a house on Wednesday afternoon.
As they approached the kitchen, a man fired multiple rounds at them, forcing a number of the police officers to escape through the window.
Six officers were wounded by the time the suspect surrendered outside almost eight hours later, and a number of the policemen were hospitalised as a result.
Since then, the Mayor of Philadelphia has issued a public plea urging the US government to make a change with regards to gun control.
Speaking after the shooting, Mayor Jim Kenney said: “Our officers need help. They need help. They need help with gun control. They need help with keeping these weapons out of these people’s hands.”
Philadelphia Mayor: “Our officers need help. They need help. They need help with gun control. They need help with keeping these weapons out of these people’s hands.” https://t.co/0Z5DJDEsnH pic.twitter.com/ZskSqrKYLf
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 15, 2019
Since then, President Donald Trump has weighed in on the issue on Twitter, claiming that the shooter "should never have been allowed to be on the streets".
The Philadelphia shooter should never have been allowed to be on the streets. He had a long and very dangerous criminal record. Looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after wounding so many police. Long sentence - must get much tougher on street crime!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019
The majority of the police officers who were wounded in the incident have since been released from hospital.