Philadelphia riots: Major looting underway following protests over deadly police shooting
Pedestrians were heard screaming after a truck drove towards a line of police officers leaving one on the ground.
The officer appeared to have been struck by the vehicle.
Rioters set fire to cars and looted multiple stores late Monday night following mass protests after a deadly police shooting in Philadelphia.
Officials are now responding to reports of rioting, vandalism and looting in West Philadelphia following the deadly police shooting that took place in the city’s Cobbs Creek neighborhood.
Police said crowds set fire to cars and dumpsters and looted multiple stores late Monday night along 52nd and Chestnut streets.
Firefighters also responded to a fire in the area.
Earlier in the night, protesters gathered outside the 18th District police headquarters as the University of Penn Police headquarters.
During the protest, at least four officers were hospitalized after they were struck by bricks, investigators told NBC.
There were also reports of vandalism, including spray-paint and smashed windows, at the Penn police station.
The protests, rioting and looting occurred hours after 27-year-old Walter Wallace was shot and killed by two Philadelphia police officers in Cobbs Creek.
Investigators said Wallace was armed with a knife when he approached the officers and ignored them when they told him to drop the weapon.
Video from a witness showed Wallace walking toward the officers as a woman, identified as his mother, tried to restrain him. It’s unclear in the video however whether or not Wallace is holding a weapon.