Philadelphia Gunman Was ‘Well Known’ to Police, ‘Hell-Bent’ on Hurting Others

WPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) -- A gunman who went on a shooting rampage through the streets of Philadelphia Friday night, killing one person and wounding three others including a police officer, was "hell-bent on hurting lot of people," the city's police commissioner said Saturday.

The suspect, identified by investigators as Nicholas Glenn, was eventually cornered in an alley and fatally shot by police.

During a press briefing Saturday afternoon, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said Glenn, who police believe was around 25 years old, had "a pretty significant past" and "was well known to the police department." The suspect is believed to have acted alone and there's no indication so far that he had been radicalized.

"He was hell-bent on hurting lot of people," Ross told reporters. "We still aren't absolutely clear as to why."

A "rambling" note was found at the scene of the overnight rampage that police believe was written by the suspect. The letter, which had the word "doom" written on it, expressed hatred toward police and named a probation officer, the commissioner said.

"Clearly, there's some issues that were going on there," Ross told reporters.

The wild chase and shooting spree began around 11:20 p.m. Friday when Sgt. Sylvia Young, a 19-year-police veteran, was ambushed while sitting in her patrol car in west Philadelphia, police said. The gunman fired 18 times at close range at Young, who was struck several times in the arm and protective vest, police said.

Officers hearing the gunshots began pursuing the shooter, who then fired five times into a nearby bar, hitting a security guard in the leg and injuring a woman. The suspect then shot an additional 14 times into a car, hitting a man and woman in the chest.

The woman, who was 25, was pronounced dead early Saturday morning, police said. Her identity has not yet been released.

Two police officers and University of Pennsylvania police Officer Ed Miller chased the suspect into an alley, where they shot and killed him, police said.

Miller was injured but is in stable condition. Young and the three civilians hit by gunfire were also in stable condition and "good spirits," the commissioner said.

"I cannot say enough about the response of the police officers last night. Absolutely remarkable," Ross said. "The restraint that they used is nothing short of miraculous."

Ross said the gunman was carrying at least three magazines and multiple live rounds. A relative of the suspect aided police in finding a location where investigators believe Glenn had been staying most recently. Inside, Ross said, police found more ammunition.

"This was a horrific night," the commissioner said. "He carried out one of the most violent acts in Philadelphia we've seen in a long time."

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Charlottesville mayor to issue statement on Robert E. Lee statue

Charlottesville mayor to issue statement on Robert E. Lee statueMark Wilson/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer will issue a statement Friday afternoon after canceling a news conference at which he was expected to "make a major announcement" regarding the local statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and the legacy of the woman killed during a protest sparked by the city's plans to remove the statue.

His news conference had been scheduled for noon on Friday, but the mayor tweeted Friday morning that "we are canceling today’s press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon."

FYI all: we are canceling today’s press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon. Stay tuned.

— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 18, 2017

FYI, the reason for the change is we decided a statement rather than a press event was the best medium for the ideas I want to convey today.

— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 18, 2017

The statement comes six days after a Unite the Right rally sparked by Charlottesville's plan to remove the Lee statue from a local park turned deadly.

The rally was attended by neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members. They were met with hundreds of counterprotesters, which led to street brawls and violent clashes.

A driver plowed into counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring several others. The suspected driver is in custody, facing charges including second-degree murder.

Despite the "painful" event, "we’re not going to let them define us,” Signer told ABC News earlier this week of the agitators.

"They’re not going to tell our story," he said. "We’re going to tell our story. And outsiders -- their time has come and gone. This city is back on their feet, and we’re going to be better than ever despite this."

Signer compared his hopes for Charlottesville's recovery to the aftermath of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting in June 2015 that killed nine people. The gunman in that attack said he wanted to start a race war, but the tragedy instead united the city.

"There’s a memorial right now in front of Charlottesville City Hall that’s flowers and a heart that talks about the love that we have here. Those are the images that are going to replace these horrific ones from this weekend. That’s the work that we have as a country," Signer said.

"That’s what happened in Charleston. There were those horrible images of those people bloodied and killed and weeping from the church. But they were replaced quickly, steadily, by the work that started to happen. By people who said, 'You’re not going to tell our story for us. We’re going to tell our story.'

"And that’s what’s happening in this community. That’s my work as the mayor here -- is not to allow these hateful people who just don’t get this country to define us," he said. "And they’re not going to define us."

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