A 28-year-old Philadelphia man is in critical condition following after police shot him right outside Temple University Hospital's emergency room early this morning. Officers fired after the suspect, Raymond Brown, fired two shots at them, according to witnesses.
The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m.
Authorities say two patrolmen were flagged down by a concerned citizen who said there was a man waving a gun on the 3400-block of Germantown Ave.
When they arrived at the scene, police allegedly told Brown to drop his weapon. That's when he fired at the officers, witnesses tell NBC10’s Katy Zachry.
Police fire back, hitting Brown once in the thigh, severing a major artery, according to authorities. They say as Brown collapsed outside of the emergency room, he threw a chrome-colored 380-caliber semi-automatic gun down a storm drain.
After rushing the gunman into the hospital, police were able to recover the weapon.
“If this were 2:30 in the afternoon as opposed to 2:30 in the morning, this would be a whole different story. There would be many, many people driving on the street, on the sidewalk, or in the area of the hospital. Fortunately at 2:30 in the morning, there was nobody out here – just the suspect and the officers,” Chief Inspector Scott Small tells NBC10.
Police say the officer who shot the suspect has been with the Philadelphia Police Department for five years. They assure us they are following standard procedure and that the officer is working with internal affairs. They also say he will be taken off the street and reassigned to a desk job until the investigation is complete.
Brown is being charged with aggravated assault. He is from the 2500 block of W. Montgomery Avenue, according to police.
Raymond Brown, Credit: Philadelphia Police