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