Police searching for man accused of firing at officer

Anthony Cromwell PHOTO: Philadelphia Police

Authorities issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for a man who allegedly opened fire on an undercover police officer in Nicetown.

Police say 43-year-old Anthony Cromwell was being investigated by a narcotics unit just before noon Tuesday on the 4200 block of Clarissa Street when he began firing at a plainclothes officer, who was inside an unmarked car.

The two reportedly exchanged fire, and the officer was uninjured.

It was the second time in recent days that officers have been shot at in Philadelphia. On Saturday night, gunmen opened fire on police in the middle of a large crowd in North Philadelphia, injuring five civilians.

Cromwell, who is still at-large, will be charged with attempted murder of a police officer when apprehended, authorities said.

His last known address was on the 2000 block of Dennie Street, also in Nicetown, according to police.

Anyone with information about Cromwell is asked to call 911 or 215-686-8477.

The incident was one of several shootings Tuesday in Philadelphia. Four people were killed and seven were wounded, according to police.

Then, on Wednesday, just before 1 p.m., a 26-year-old was shot twice in his right hand and once in the hip on the 2800 block of N. 27th Street in North Philadelphia, authorities said. He is listed in stable condition.

A 26-year-old woman was fatally shot just after 11 p.m. Tuesday inside a home on the 4000 block of N. Franklin Street in Hunting Park. She suffered a gunshot wound to the neck during what investigators believe was an incident of domestic violence.

Authorities said no arrests have been made in the case.

A 47-year-old was shot while trying to stop two men who were stealing his car just before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in West Philadelphia.

It happened in the parking lot of the TD Bank at 4020 City Line Ave. The victim saw the men in his car, attempting to drive away. One of the suspects began shooting, hitting the man in his left ring finger. His injuries were not life-threatening.

The pair fled in the man’s black 2012 Hyundai Sonata, with Pennsylvania license plate number JWZ-4346, toward I-76 East, investigators said.

In Kensington, two men were rushed to the hospital after shots rang out just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday near the corner of Front and Clearfield streets, police said.

A 45-year-old man, who was shot in the chest, died about an hour later at Temple University Hospital, authorities said. The second victim, a 20-year-old man, was struck in the right leg and is in stable condition.

Also at around 6:30 p.m., a 28-year-old man was shot in the chest while sitting in his car on the 5000 block of N. 8th Street in Olney, police said.

The victim was later identified as Anthony Walker, who lived nearby. Authorities said he was pronounced dead at the hospital just before 7 p.m.

A broad daylight shooting in Strawberry Mansion left four people injured and one man dead. It occurred just before 4 p.m. near 30th and Cumberland streets.

An 18-year-old man, who was shot twice in the head, was rushed to Temple Hospital by officers and pronounced dead at 7:51 p.m, authorities said.

Police said a 15-year-old boy who sustained a gunshot wound to his leg is being treated for serious injuries. There was no word on the condition of the other victims – a 24-year-old man, 21-year-old man and 20-year-old man.

About a half hour earlier, a 27-year-old man was shot in the neck and back on the 700 block of N. 38th Street in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia. His condition is also unknown, police said.

Authorities reported no arrests in connection with Tuesday’s shootings.

Police release video of hit-and-run car

Detectives are looking for a silver Honda Accord with tinted windows. PHOTO: Philadelphia Police

Investigators on Wednesday released surveillance images and video of a car involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a 4-year-old boy in critical condition earlier this week in Tacony.

The boy was hit while alongside his dad at an ice cream truck just after 9 p.m. on the 6600 block of Keystone Street.

Detectives are looking for the driver, who was in a silver Honda Accord with tinted windows. The vehicle was last spotted heading eastbound on Longshore Avenue. Cameras nearby caught the driver ignoring stop signs in the moments following the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Accident Investigations Unit at 215-685-3180/3181.

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