Police: Two Women Bitten by Dogs in Northeast Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) SkyFOX was over the 200 block of Lockhart Street in Northeast Philadelphia where authorities say two people were bitten by dogs.

They’re now in the hospital for their injuries. But just moments after the incident, gunshots rang out in the same neighborhood. Now the man who fired that gun is in police custody.

Two large dogs, possibly Mastiffs, were taken away by animal control after police say one of them-- they're not sure which-- severely bit two women, as they walked by. According to police, a mother and her adult daughter- who live in the neighborhood were the ones bitten.  Police say somehow the dogs got out of their home and past the fence into the street.
 
As the women were being treated by paramedics, police arrived to the sound of gunshots.
 
"They saw a male firing a gun at the two dogs. This shooter fired at least two shots form a revolver. Police in full uniform ordered the male to drop his weapon. He did drop the weapon," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.
 
The dogs did not appear to be hit. The 67-year-old was taken into custody.  Police say preliminary information is that he may have been bitten by one of the dogs in the past.
 
But a woman says a neighbor told her, "Somehow the dog again got out from the gate and charged at him. Supposedly, the dog was maybe ten feet away, and he took his gun out and shot at the dog."
 
Police are still investigating the claim. The woman says the dogs have been troublesome in the past.
 
"Every time I would come, I would park over there, it would be scary to even walk by because these dogs would bark so loud and they'd shake the gates like they're about to run out. They're scary," said the resident.
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