Six Philadelphia police officers were shot yesterday in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia. None of the injuries were life-threatening. The standoff began at 4:30 p.m., when narcotics officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant and ended around midnight when the alleged gunman surrendered.

A gunman who police say shot six city officers surrendered around midnight, ending a dramatic, 7 ½-hour standoff during which two officers also were trapped for hours inside a rowhouse in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia yesterday.

The chaotic scene began to unfold at about 4:30 p.m. when a group of officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant, but were met by gunfire. The shootout took place near a day care, which was put on lockdown. At around 7 p.m., terrified parents and caregivers were able to comfort their children. But the officers and three people they had arrested were trapped inside the house until around 9:30 p.m.

The six officers who were shot sustained non life-threatening injuries and were released from area hospitals last night. “Fortunately, everybody’s going to be OK,” Police Commissioner Richard Ross said at an evening news conference.

Police sources identified the alleged shooter as Maurice Hill, a 36-year-old Philadelphia man with a lengthy history of gun convictions and of resisting attempts to bring him to justice. As of Thursday morning, many questions remain.

Brian O’Neill is Philadelphia’s only Republican to hold a district seat on City Council. Judy Moore, a Democrat, is challenging O’Neill’s four-decade run of representing Northeast Philadelphia. It’s looking like it could be the only competitive head-to-head election on this fall’s city ballot.

While O’Neill has turned away strong challengers in the past despite Democrats holding a more than 2-1 voter registration advantage in his district, this year might be different.

One of the main reasons is a group called Philadelphia 3.0. The controversial group has endorsed Moore. It’s a “super PAC” so it doesn’t have to reveal who has donated to its nonprofit arm.

The answer’s not necessarily clear cut. Different parts of the city’s two major rivers are safer than others, depending on bacteria levels. But the city also has an ordinance against swimming in areas that are declared unsafe based on access, currents, river traffic, and more.

Even if humans might be discouraged from jumping into the rivers, thousands fish the watershed each year, with or without licenses to do so.

Three very different types of fish — one shy, one resurgent, and the other an invasive predator on the upswing — reveal a lot about our region and its water.

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