PHILADELPHIA (WYXF) - Police say an off-duty Philadelphia police officer was shot in the hand in North Philadelphia.
"We took cover as we usually do if you hear shots. You get down, cause it was a lot," said witness April Houston.
Police say at least 23 shots were fired near 10th and Parrish Streets just before five this afternoon as kids were playing. Off-duty Philadelphia Police Officer Angelo Romero, unarmed, and walking with his 2-year-old son was caught in the crossfire.
"He had nothing to do with it. Obviously, his sixth sense kicked in when he sees these guys. He could kind of sense something was up," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross explained. " And another guy comes around a corner, and he sees him coming out of his pocket with a gun. And that's certainly the guy he can identify."
The officer ducked and covered his son.
Officer Romero was struck in the thumb and took bullet fragments to both his legs and buttocks. When the shooting stopped, he was able to get his son to safety at a relative's home nearby.
"He tried to take himself to the hospital but he couldn't do it. Fortunately, a highway patrol officer was in the area, was able to bring him here," Ross said.
He was rushed to Jefferson University Hospital and is expected to be OK. The commissioner and other police officers arrived to check on him.
Meanwhile, police are hopeful that surveillance cameras caught what happened.
"All we have is a group of young males, very young in their teens, anywhere from 15 to 18. We believe that one of them was wearing a burgundy hoodie underneath a black puffy jacket. One may have had a beard," Ross said.