The shockwaves that reverberated throughout the city after six police officers were shot in North Philadelphia continued to be felt throughout the day on Thursday. Law enforcement officials, lawyers, politicians, and neighbors all shared their perspectives of the standoff and made their calls for what should happen next. And on Thursday afternoon, just two miles away on the same street, five more people were shot — a reality that Police Commissioner Richard Ross could barely process a mere 24 hours removed from Wednesday’s chaos.

Prosecutors pledged Thursday to send the gunman who shot six Philadelphia police officers to prison for life, as new details emerged about Wednesday’s standoff in North Philly. Officials said that the suspect, Maurice Hill, likely used an AR-15 rifle to fire on officers during the ordeal.

District Attorney Larry Krasner said Hill, 36, will be charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and other crimes, and could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Neighbors nervously gathered on the streets Thursday morning. They communed, counted bullet holes, and finally exhaled. The incident altered the story of the neighborhood forever.

Several lawmakers came together on Thursday as well — renewing their calls to pass new gun-control measures at the state and federal levels. Among those voices was Gov. Tom Wolf, who is poised to take an action that will allow him to make several “sweeping changes” when it comes to guns.

There’s a dark side to Philadelphia’s long-running housing boom that should serve as a cautionary tale, writes Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron. With more novice developers rushing to get into the construction game, more existing rowhouses are being compromised.

So far this year, six occupied homes have been reduced to dust and those numbers don’t tell the whole story.

Because of restrictions on developers who desire to build up, many are opting to build down — putting units in the basement of multi-apartment buildings. This practice, while smart for profits, isn’t ideal for the foundations of aging homes nearby.

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Surviving the Philadelphia police shooting
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“I can see the anger of a black community that has been victimized by police, and the frustration of police who don’t know the communities they patrol. Now that the community and the police have each other’s attention, we must use this moment as an opportunity for dialogue. If we can’t do that, we must prepare to be a city in which none of us is safe.” — Columnist Solomon Jones writes that the police shooting should signal a fresh start for police and residents in North Philly.

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