After four hours, police released a statement that the shooter was streaming messages on Snapchat during the standoff that began at about 4:30 p.m. EST Wednesday.
According to federal law enforcement officers, they have asked Snapchat to shut down the posts. Snapchat outage maps show that Philadelphia is experiencing a large outage in the area.
#BREAKING: Federal law enforcement source: Suspect was posting on Snapchat while shooting at officers in Philadelph… https://t.co/i4ODVLzaGY— Matthew Keys (@Matthew Keys) 1565827567.0
CNN reporter Shimon Prokupecz noted that the shooter had clearly assembled an arsenal because he continued to fire on officers for over three hours.
We are just about 3 hours into this now. This is frightening. Seems this shooter was well prepared. https://t.co/JLfjLqeQT0— Shimon Prokupecz (@Shimon Prokupecz) 1565825764.0
A press briefing by police explained that they have attempted to call the man and are concerned that there are others inside the home. The officer wouldn't elaborate on that, however.
A male shooter “continues to fire rounds out of the window,” as authorities attempt to speak with him, “trying to l… https://t.co/u4smMcImwE— CBS News (@CBS News) 1565828255.0