EAST LANSDOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Investigators will search the remains of an East Lansdown home Thursday and discover the remains of some of the home’s residents. It came a day after two police officers were dispatched to the scene after a gunfight broke out on fire. To the hospital.
Between six and eight people are missing after the fire..
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said investigators won’t know until Thursday morning whether the missing people were inside the burning home on Lewis Street near Pembroke Avenue and Baltimore Avenue. Stated.
“We’re hoping that we can get into the house first thing tomorrow morning and do our best to find out who was in the house and what happened and begin the horrific process,” Stollsteimer said Wednesday night.
Smoke was still coming from the home Thursday morning. Images taken by Chopper 3 at dawn on Thursday showed the roof of the house missing and smoke rising from the middle of the house.
To summarize what happened: Early Wednesday morning, around 3:45 p.m., police responded to a home on Lewis Avenue near Pembroke Avenue and Baltimore Avenue for a report of an 11-year-old girl shot. was called, Stollsteimer said. .
Arriving officers were met with gunfire, and when more police arrived and escorted them to safety, two people were shot.
A video posted on TikTok shows an officer leaning over the officer who was shot, while another video shows an officer hiding behind a parked car and gunshots can be heard.
Stolsteimer said two police officers were shot and the house was set on fire.
Firefighters were initially kept away from the fire scene for safety because it was believed the shooting was still occurring, the National Police Agency said.
Firefighters later extinguished the fire. Investigators must now comb through the wreckage.
“The sad news is that there may have been many more people in the house who died,” Stollsteimer said. “My understanding is that there was a family, an extended family, living in that home and we have reason to believe that one of them started the shooting.”
He said the missing include adults and children.
Updates from Wednesday night’s DA press conference
Stollsteimer said there was initially what emergency officials called an “active shooting situation,” but the shooting in the area has since stopped.
Stollsteimer said the shooting suspect is believed to be one of six to eight people missing.
Police officers from Lansdowne, East Lansdowne and Upper Darby Township responded to the home and were immediately met with gunfire, Stollsteimer said.
One officer was shot in the leg and the other in the arm. Both officers are in stable condition at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. One of the officers works for the Lansdowne Police Department and the other works for the East Lansdowne Police Department. Their identities are not being released at this time, but Stollsteimer said both have more than 20 years of work experience.
Mr. Stollsteimer said:Originally from Upper Darby.
Upper Darby Police Department Superintendent Timothy M. Barnhart said officers obtained bulletproof shields and pulled two injured officers from the shooting in the street.
Bernhard said one officer was taken to the hospital in an Upper Darby police vehicle and another was taken by ambulance.
“I cannot thank these police officers and this team enough for the heroism they display every day across the county and especially today,” Stollsteimer said. . “I cannot thank the Upper Darby police officers enough for what they did to pull these two gentlemen out of the shooting. We might be having a conversation.”
Stollsteimer said police were called to the scene on a report of a child shot, but it remains unclear whether the 11-year-old was shot.
Chopper 3 was over the scene and could see flames coming from the house. It remains unclear how the fire started.of Smoke from the fire was visible on radar. It then blew in a south and southeast direction at 5 to 10 mph.
“We will continue our investigation to get to the bottom of this and find out whether the 11-year-old boy was shot or not, and more importantly, who shot the police officer, and we will hold everyone accountable. ,” Stolsteimer said.Said
“We don’t want another officer injured in Delaware County tonight,” he added.
Neighbors react to ‘very alarming’ sight on Lewis Street
Residents of the area, which is normally a safe and quiet area, said they were saddened and angry to see such scenes unfolding so close to their homes.
“This is very concerning because this is a very safe area,” one neighbor said.
Neighbors described a chaotic scene.
“I saw the SWAT team. They were parked on my lawn,” neighbor Derrick Richardson said. “They packed into the back of the SWAT vehicle. I think they tried to use the SWAT vehicle as a shield. But the fire was understandable and out of control.”
Veronica Caringdon said she was out delivering groceries to a friend before the fire when she heard gunshots and saw police running toward her home with guns drawn. Some people living on Lewis Street were told to shelter in place during the incident.
“I just heard a gunshot and saw it. [police] Think of a rifle. I knew something serious was going on,” Caringdon said.
One neighbor, who did not want to be identified on camera, said he believed the burning house was where his teenage daughter’s best friend lived with her parents and two siblings. he said.
“I know the daughter. She’s a very sweet girl and her parents and everything I’ve had with them has been fine. They have other activities and are normal and loving.” It was people,” the neighbor said.