A fundraising page has been created to support a Philadelphia Police officer who was wounded during a targeted ambush shooting while he was sitting in his police cruiser.
A GoFundMe page for has been set up to aid Officer Jesse Hartnett during his expected long road to recovery.
Officer Hartnett suffered a broken arm and nerve damage. He underwent surgery shortly after the shooting. His injuries are considered “very serious” and will require multiple surgeries.
A statement on the GoFundMe page reads: “Jesse will need all the help that he can get. Please help support Jesse on his road to recovery by making a donation. Donations will be used to help cover any additional expenses during his recovery.”
Hartnett was driving in a marked cruiser through the intersection of 60th and Spruce streets in West Philadelphia when police say Edward Archer, 30, walked up to the car and opened fire around 11:45 p.m. Thursday.
The suspect fired about a dozen times, emptying the 9mm handgun in his hand, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said.
Despite being shot three times in his left arm, Hartnett was able to jump out of his car and return fire. Archer was struck in the buttocks as he ran from the scene. He was apprehended a short distance away.
Investigators say Archer confessed to shooting Hartnett "in the name of Islam" and pledged allegiance to ISIS. Ross said Archer used a stolen police gun during the shooting.
"This guy tried to execute the officer," Ross said. "I don't know how this officer survived."
Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police John McNesby said Hartnett is expected to undergo another surgery either Monday or Tuesday.
McNesby told NBC10 Hartnett is in good spirts, but the impact of what happened is starting to set in.
Hartnett is a five-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police force and a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill. He previously worked for the East Lansdowne Police Department.
To donate, simply visit the GoFundMe page.