Philadelphia Police officer wounded in off-duty attack early Sunday

Off-Duty Officer ShotOff-Duty Officer ShotPolice escort relatives into the emergency room at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania — and wait together outside — after an off-duty officer was wounded in a shooting early Sunday. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

The incident took place just after midnight on Brentwood Road near Haverford Avenue in the Overbrook Park section of the city. The wounded officer was reported in stable condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Police say 46-year-old officer Robert Penn was getting out of his car at his home at the time of the attack, according to a report from CBS3. Officials said Penn was in plain clothes when a man approached him from behind, mumbled something to the officer, and then shot him once in the back, according to 6ABC.

Police investigate scene where officer was shot in Overbrook Park. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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Police told NBC10 that the bullet struck Penn in the right shoulder and exited through his back, and that he was rushed by police to the hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Fox29 and Philly.com published an Associated Press story reporting that Penn is 24-year veteran, married with two children.

24th Street and Diamond Street Shooting24th Street and Diamond Street ShootingPolice were investigating the scene — shown above and at left — after a separate shooting incident, reported at about 10 p.m. Saturday on North 24th Street near West Diamond Street in North Philadelphia.

Police rushed that shooting victim to Temple University Hospital, where he was reported to be in extremely critical condition with head wounds.

Police are also investigating an overnight shooting that left a man critically wounded in Chester, Pa., and a Sunday morning shooting in Bethlehem, Pa.

One man was killed and four more were wounded in a Pittsburgh tavern shooting early Saturday. Check yesterday’s update for more recent shooting reports from the city, region and across the US.

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