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 Philadelphia, social network has been asked to disable access to these posts.
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) August 15, 2019
Maybe happened already pic.twitter.com/IorbCdyhcP
— Ryan Northover (@RyanNorthover) August 15, 2019
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 (@ShimonPro) August 14, 2019
What kind of arsenal did this guy amass to keep up a firefight with the entire Philadelphia PD for three hours and counting? https://t.co/m1LmLeZem5
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 14, 2019
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 let him know he can end this peacefully now,” says Philadelphia police commissioner of active standoff https://t.co/0Z5DJDEsnH pic.twitter.com/Tc2CJvIqvd
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 15, 2019
Trump aides desperately try to downplay ‘order’ to US companies to leave China
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economics advisor Larry Kudlow took to the airwaves from France, where Trump is participating in the G7 summit, to smooth out tensions in the business community prompted by Trump's Friday tweet.
Trump said he has "no plan now" to bring US companies in line, and his aides quickly reinforced the message.
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At the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, Trump announced a major trade deal with Japan and promised more of the same with Britain, once Brexit is done.
But the positives were overshadowed by a mix-up over his apparent expression of regret for the latest escalation in the US-China dispute.
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Persecuted Christians eye long-sought freedom in Sudan
Sudan's Christians suffered decades of persecution under the regime of Islamist general Omar al-Bashir. Now they hope his downfall will give the religious freedom they have long prayed for.
Deep within the maze of dusty alleys that honeycomb Omdurman, Khartoum's sprawling twin city, Yousef Zamgila's church is not visible from the street.
It is hidden in the courtyard of a friend's home and consists of a few iron benches, a pulpit and crosses hastily painted on pillars holding a corrugated roof.
"The previous centre got destroyed because we didn't have the right papers. They always refused... So we use the land of our neighbours," says the Lutheran reverend.