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Several officers injured by suspect firing in ongoing shooting in Philadelphia: Police

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WPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) — Six Philadelphia police officers have been shot by at least one gunman who authorities say is firing at them in an ongoing shooting incident, according to the police department.

Police cars were seen speeding toward the scene in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Tioga-Nicetown as armored vehicles and police in tactical gear converged on a street. About a dozen officers were seen taking cover behind cars as other officials surrounded a home with guns drawn.

The suspect barricaded himself inside a building on 15th Street, police said. The shootout began during a narcotics operation at around 4:30 p.m. when officers entered the home to serve a search warrant and were met with gunfire. Some officers had to escape through windows and two were trapped inside with the shooter for several hours, police said. The trapped officers were safely removed from the home as of 9:30 p.m.

The injuries to the officers appear to be non-life threatening, police said, adding that an additional injury occurred due to an auto accident. The officers were struck in various parts of their bodies and one had a graze wound to the head.

Several rounds of gunfire continued for more than an hour, ABC Philadelphia station WPVI reported. Officers repeatedly commanded the shooter to “Come out with your hands up,” according to the station.

 Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross spoke at press conference from the scene of the standoff late Wednesday, pleading for the shooter to turn himself in.

“We are trying to talk to this male, trying to let him know that he can end this peacefully now,” Ross said. “We have called him multiple times. He’s picked up the phone a couple times, but he has not answered.

He said officers have been working with a family member of the suspect in an effort to reason with the shooter.

“Despite several attempts to talk to him — both on the loudspeaker and on telephone — we have been not been able to make contact with them thus far,” Ross said. “This is a very volatile situation that is still unfolding, so as a result there’s only so much I can tell you about what’s going on inside of that property.”

 One woman said she heard over 100 gunshots and saw people running for their lives.

“I heard so many gunshots… I’m scared,” she told WPVI.

Agents from ATF (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) are at the scene to assist, a spokesperson said.

Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp urged residents to avoid the area.

Temple University’s Health Sciences Center Campus was put on lockdown.

“Seek shelter. Secure doors. Be silent. Be still. Police are responding,” the university tweeted.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.


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Five Philadelphia police officers have been shot by at least one gunman who authorities say is firing at them in an ongoing shooting incident, according to the police department.

Police cars were seen speeding toward the scene in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Tioga-Nicetown as armored vehicles and police in tactical gear converged on a street.

The suspect barricaded himself inside a building on 15th Street, police sources told ABC News.

About a dozen officers were seen taking cover behind cars as other officials surrounded a home with guns drawn.

The injuries to the officers appear to be non-life threatening, the sources said, adding that an additional injury occurred due to an auto accident.

 Several rounds of gunfire continued for more than an hour, ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV. reported.

One woman said she heard over 100 gunshots and saw people running for their lives.

“I heard so many gunshots… I’m scared,” she told WPVI-TV.

Agents from ATF (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) are at the scene to assist, a spokesperson said.

Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp urged residents to avoid the area.

Temple University’s Health Sciences Center Campus was put on lockdown.

“Seek shelter. Secure doors. Be silent. Be still. Police are responding,” the university tweeted.

Keith, Blake, Eric, Luke Combs and more set to play ATLive to help Hotlanta

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Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboCountry music is coming together to help put on a massive concert event to both help veterans and fight homelessness in Atlanta.

Dubbed ATLive, the shows will take place over three days this November at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the Georgia capital.

CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban will headline the Friday, November 15 concert, along with Blake SheltonSam HuntSugarland, and Cale Dodds will take the stage as well.

On Sunday, November 17, Eric Church and Luke Combs will top the bill, with Brothers Osborne and Caylee Hammack set to play too.

A non-country Saturday concert is planned as well. Look for the full lineup to be revealed on Monday, before tickets go on sale on Friday, August 23.

Part of the proceeds will go to the Johnnie Mac Soldier’s Fund, which gives scholarships to veterans and their families, as well as Quest Community Development, which provides affordable housing and community services.

You can find out more at MercedezBenzStadium.com.

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Josh Turner grabs multiple nods at Christian music's 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards

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MCA NashvilleJosh Turner could take home three GMA Dove Awards this fall, for his I Serve a Savior gospel album.

The South Carolina native is up for both Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for “How Great Thou Art” and Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song for his version of the Hank Williams classic “I Saw the Light.”

The record itself is competing for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year as well.

Meanwhile, Country Music Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs is giving Josh some competition in the Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song category. He’s nominated for his contribution to Contemporary Christian icon Steven Curtis Chapman’s re-recording of “Dive.”

This is the 50th year for the Dove Awards, which are given out by the Gospel Music Association and considered to be the Christian equivalent of the Grammys.

The 2019 awards will be handed out Tuesday, October 15 at Allen Arena on the campus of Nashville’s Lipscomb University. They’ll air the following Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on TBN.

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"Whatever you like": Vanessa Bell Calloway officially joins cast of 'Coming 2 America'

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TM & COPYRIGHT © 1988 BY PARAMOUNT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.(LOS ANGELES) — It’s safe to say there’s going to be a star-studded family reunion in Zamunda.

Variety has learned that Vanessa Bell Calloway is officially on board to reprise her role as Imani Izzi, the former betrothed of Prince Akeem, in the upcoming sequel Coming 2 America.

She joins Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and Paul Bates, who are all set to reprise their roles in the sequel, as well as newcomers Jermaine Fowler, Kiki Layne, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Luenell and Rick Ross.

The original 1988 film Coming to America starred Murphy as Akeem Joffer, crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. In an effort to find a wife, Akeem, along with his trusty assistant Semmi, played by Hall, decide to travel to Queens, NY.

In the sequel, Akeem learns about a long-lost son and must return to America to meet the “unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.”  Layne will play his daughter.

As previously noted, black-ish creator Kenya Barris is rewriting a script from original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.

Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer has signed on to direct the project, which Murphy’s also producing. The two recently worked together on the Netflix comedy Dolemite Is My Name, which follows the story of real-life comedian Rudy Ray Moore.

Coming 2 America is set to hit theaters August 7, 2020.

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Family of boy in brutal bullying attack caught on video sues Los Angeles school, saying he suffered permanent brain damage

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Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) — The family of a teenage boy is suing the charter school that he attended over a year after a bullying attack that left him with what they say are “permanent traumatic brain and cervical injuries.”

The January 2018 attack at Animo Westside Middle School and the staff’s ensuing response were captured on surveillance video.

The video shows the victim, who was 12 and in sixth grade at the time, being attacked by a 14-year-old eighth-grader, a student who the victim’s attorney, Ben Meiselas, says had a “prior history of violence towards others.”

Other students are seen in the video crowding around the boy and his attacker. A school staff member is also seen pausing at the scene and walking away without stepping in.

The boy drifted in and out of consciousness and suffered from seizures during the attack and after it ended, the complaint claims.

The attacker later tried to assist the 12-year-old boy, the video shows, after he grew “nervous that he had killed” the boy, Meiselas said.

The boy’s mother, who asked that both their identities remain confidential, arrived 20 minutes after the attack, and it was only then that emergency services were called at her request, according to the filing.

The mother didn’t initially know that her son had been attacked, the complaint alleges, saying that she initially thought he had only experienced a seizure before seeing the attack on the surveillance tape.

When she requested the video later, she was allegedly given video from another day and a short clip of the attack that was “deceptively edited,” Meiselas said.

The charter school is connected to the Los Angeles Unified School District, but the organization that oversees the school is Green Dot, according to ABC affiliate KABC.

ABC News’ requests for comment from the school itself, the school’s principal and staff were not immediately returned.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided funding to Green Dot, told ABC News, “We believe all schools should provide a safe and welcoming environment for students and should have no tolerance for bullying or violence of any kind. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has provided funding to Green Dot schools but is not involved in their management.”

In a statement to KABC, Green Dot said, in part, “Green Dot is committed to working to ensure all our students receive a quality education in a safe environment where they can learn and grow. We are naturally concerned by the incident portrayed in media coverage.”

The complaint says that the boy has “regressed socially, emotionally [and] academically” as a result of the trauma and that he now suffers from post-traumatic sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy.

Dr. Morteza Shamsnia, a chief neurologist at Tulane Medical School, said in the lawsuit that the boy will likely have to seek treatment for the effects of the attack for the rest of his life.

The complaint alleges that a separate incident, in which the same aggressor pushed another student into the tires of a school bus, occurred before the 12-year-old boy was attacked.

Meiselas claims the school knew about this incident and “failed to take adequate action in order to protect the other students at the school.”

The complaint says the school implemented a “proposed safety plan” for two months before “reneging” on it prior to the videotaped incident. It claims the attacker returned to the same afterschool program where the January 2018 attack took place and was never expelled.

“The school district cited the need for understanding and sensitivity towards the aggressor,” the complaint says.

“The staff did everything wrong, every step of the way, and showed a callous disregard for my 12-year-old client’s life and well-being,” said Meiselas. “The School and Green Dot miserably failed my client, who will now suffer permanent brain damage for the rest of his life. This is unacceptable and every adult working for this school should be haunted by their conduct for the rest of their lives.”

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