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the 1500 block of elmwood avenue in folcroft. officer christopher dorman was investigating drug activity when authorities say he was ambushed and shot seven times. following a massive manhunt police took a suspect into custody who faces possible attempted murder charges now. we have live team coverage this evening. let's begin with "action news" reporter dann cuellar live at the folcroft firehouse with new details from investigator investigators. >> reporter: dan. >> reporter: rick, at a news briefing just moments ago officials announced that the alleged gunman identified as dante brooks island aka abdul wali is a career criminal. he was released from prison after serving 15 years. there was an a warrant for his arrest when officials say he shot and struck one officer and fired and missed at another. after 10:00 this morning 25-year-old officer christopher dorman responding to a report of people smoking narcotics in the rear of a
apartment building. suddenly the frantic officer radioed that he had been shot. >> i'm shot in the face. i'm shot in the face. [gunfire] >> shots fired, shots fired. >> i'm shot, i'm shot. >> reporter: nearby resident reported hearing the shots. >> we heard shots, pop, pop, pop. i said hoe my god somebod said s shooting. to this of cops coming. they just slot a cop. >> reporter: an officer drove dorm plan to commerce fee see fitzgerald hospital -- dorm plan to mercy fitzgerald hospital. >> i was told by the doctor thank god he had his vest on. >> reporter: soon heavily armed officers descend on the apartment complex looking for the people involved. nearby service on amtrak and septa was suspended during the intensive manhunt. before long they arrested the gunman and three women. nearby residents applauded. as it turns out dorman is the
first folcroft officer to be shot in the line of duty. >> to have an officer injured like this never, i mean -- you know, it's a wakeup call for these small towns. >> fingerprinted and arraigned tonight. >> reporter: now it's unknown what role the three women played in this entire incident. again, the alleged gunman dante brooks island aka abu wahi is going to be charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and related offenses. he's expected to be arraigned later this evening. live in folcroft delaware county dann cuellar channel6 "action news." rick back to you. >> authorities tell you another officer transported dorm plan tdorman to mercy fitzl hospital in a vehicle. that vehicle was inspected before being towed weigh. from there dorman was quickly taken to penn presbyterian in university city and that's where "action news" reporter jeff chirico is standing by tonight with the latest on officer dorman's condition.
jeff. >> reporter: rick, dorman is in critical but stable condition right now. he's undergoing his second surgery today. this one to address gun shot wounds to his cheeks. despite being shot seven times, dorman managed to survive in large part due to his bulletproof vest. >> i was told by the doctors that thank god he had his vest on. >> reporter: folcroft police chief spoke to reporters outside the hospital where one of his office had been wheeled hours earlier. 25-year-old christopher dorman had been shot seven times in the face torso and legs. >> his mother and father are here. they're obviously upset but they feel moury leaved now that he's stable, at least stable according to the doctors. >> reporter: police say dorm plan was ambushed this morning while responding to a drug call here in an apartment complex on the 1500 block of elmwood avenue a second officer placed him in this patrol car and rushed him to fitzgerald mercy hospital. along the way dorman was alert and talking. >> he's able to speak.
he was conscious. he was able to give a description of the actor so he did well under the circumstances. >> reporter: he spoke highly of dorman who joined the force one year ago this month. he says he's an outstanding officer who even before today had proven a deep compliment to the people and borough he serves. >> he's a folcroft residents, folcroft fireman and became a police officer a little over a year ago. he's done nothing but serve his communities constantly half of which was volunteer work. >> reporter: and the chief says that dorm plan was a part-time officer who was pursuing a full-time job with septa. once again he is in critical but stable condition right now. that surgery that he's undergoing should last another 30 minutes. we're live at penn presbyterian jeff clear company channel6 "action news. >> the manhunt for the attacker caused delays for hundreds of train passengers today. service between wilmington and philadelphia was suspended while police searched the tracks near folcroft. amtrak express and northeast regional trains were stopped
for about two hours. service resumed about 1 o'clock this afternoon. we've alerted you to updates as they happened through the 6abc news app and we brought you photos and videos from the scene. stay with us for continuing developments and be sure to follow the "action news" team on social media for constant updates. funeral services today for 18-year-old akyra murray who was shot and killed during the orlando nightclub massacre. friends and family gathered to say goodbye to the promising teenager who was on vacation in orlando when she was tragically gunned down. "action news" reporter katherine scott has more on today's emotional farewell in west philadelphia. >> reporter: tangible grief, unspeakable loss akyra murray was only 18 years old. her friends and family gathered at monumental baptist church in west philadelphia to remember her, to celebrate he
her. cousin tiara parker was with akyra and friend patience carter when a gunman stormed pulse nightclub in orlando. all three hid in a bathroom. all three were shot. akyra did not survive: akyra graduated third in her class at west catholic she was a star basketball player, a 1,000-point scorer with a scholarship to merls see hurts university. since her dream was to one day play in the wnba the atlanta dream sent an autographed jersey personalized with her name and number. >> this jersey is in honor of a player who symbolized sportsmanship both on the court and off. >> reporter: as one mourner said there are 48 other funerals like this going on, victims of this mass shooting and while there is great sorrow for losing akyra there's also a great joy in having known her. the vibrant teen loved the color red so many wore it
today. her teammates wore basketball jerseys. city and state officials including the mayor came to offer their condolences. >> right now you have to understand it's for us to embrace each other. >> ♪ >> reporter: in west philadelphia, katherine scott channel6 "action news. >> a vigil is being held at this hour for a four-year-old girl who accidentally shot herself inside of a north philadelphia home. dozens have gathered from the 1800 block of north 20th street to remember the little girl. organizers also are calling on people who have guns in their homes to lock them up and put the ammunition in a separate locked box. the little girl lived with her mother and younger sister. still not clear who the gun belonged to. police were investigating a disturbing discovery in north philadelphia. firefighters were called to put out a fire in an empty lot at 10:30 this morning. happened in the 1700 block of west allegheny.
once the flames were out, firefighters realized it was a body on fire. police have not yet identified the victim or determined if the person was dead before the blaze. a woman charged with gifting her under aged daughter to a feasterville man will remain locked up for now. savilla stoltzfus remains in jail on $1 million bail after a bucks county judge refused a request for bail reduction. they're charged with child endangerment after police found a dozen girls living with lee kaplan. daniel told police they gave their then 14-year-old daughter to kaplan after he helped them out if thisly. kaplan sired two children with the girl. he faces sexual assault charges. still to come on "action news tonight, 'tis the season for swimming pools. coming up, the free program that is making sure children have fun while staying safe in the water. and jaime apody has more with the sixers number one draft pick. hi jamie.
>> reporter: hey there rick. we met ben simmons the new face of the franchise. of course there's a lot of pressure that comes with that. can he deal with that? we'll discuss that coming up. adam. >> if you're heading to the first weekend of summer we're still dealing with some pockets of downpours and thunderstorms. we'll slow where they are on storm tracker6 live and if they move out in time for the weekend in accuweather. >> all right, adam. that and much more when "action news" comes right back. >> ♪
cost prime minister david cameron his job. today some suggested the steve london stay in the eu. there are 1 million eu citizens who live there. the decision to leave the eu now forces the uk to renegotiate trade deals and political relationships with what will become a bloc of 27 nations. that could take more than a decade to complete. the news sent the u.s. markets tumbling wiping out a year to date gain for both the s & p 500 and the dow. the dow suffered its worth drop in months tumbling more than 600 points. nasdaq down more than 200 and the s & p fell more than 76 points on the day. world news tonight with david muir will have continuing coverage of britain's decision to exit the eu and the fallout. that's coming up at 6:30 right after "action news at 6:00. in other news one person was taken to the hospital after a mysterious odor filled a building on the villanova university campus. firefighters responded to driscoll hall college of nursing on the 800 block of
east lancaster avenue just after 9:00 this morning. school officials say a number of faculty and students began to feel nauseous and dizzy. the building was evacuated. firefighters found no air quality issues and gave the all-clear to reopen. one person was taken to the hospital as a precaution. the steve wilmington has come -- stev city of wilmington hosted the if any city summer fest unity day. the public was invited to the free event and with school being out many youngsters showed up to play games go on fun rides and enjoy some good food. the mayor dennis williams and other city officials were on hand and together they urged families to take the pledge to be violence free this summer. and now that school is out and summer vacation is under way many kids will no doubt be flocking to swimming pools throughout the area. and efforts are under way to make sure youngsters know how to swim safely. new jersey correspondent nora muchanic introduces us to one such program that got under
way today in burlington county. >> i don't really know thousand swim. >> reporter: littl a free swim safe program offered by the ymca of burlington and camden county. >> swim, holding me up,. >> reporter: instructors and volunteers teach the children about water safety how to assist someone who needs help and the basics of keeping themselves afloat. >> to not get yourself into a bad situation if you are in a bad situation how do you help yourself get out of it. >> it's about again understanding the risks and then the rewards of what water has to offer. >> reporter: statistics show between 2005 and 2014 over 3500 people died each year from accidental drowning. 10 people drown every day in america and each year 5,000 kids under the age of 14 are hospitalized for near drowning accidents. that's why parents are motivated to have kids
participate in the swim safe program. >> educate them on the safety of swimming, that it can be fun bit there's also rules you have to follow. it's not all about splashing and pushing and dinging. >> today we're just learning how to be safe when swimming. >> i know how to swim but i just forgot over the summer so -- so it's a work in progress. >> i was just like proud of myself. i just kept trying and trying and kicking and it was just like really fun. >> reporter: and that's the goal, fun at the pool or beach but always safety first. in willingboro, i'm nora muchanic, channel6 "action news."
>> time for sports. jeff skversky was in new york last night with ben simmons and now both you guys are back in town. >> ben simmons says last night was a blur. there's a lot of torque get done. ben simmons is the number one pick and with there comes some big expectations. especially for a sixers team desperate to win but simmons
just got here and he's not ready to say when the sixers will finally contends. simmons the sixers first number one overall pick since allen iverson 20 years ago. he has big shoes to fill and the 19-year-old says he's ready to do something special. live to jaime apody at team headquarters where simmons will be running up and down that floor before we know it jamie. >> reporter: yeah, jeff, the future is now in and simmons is it. he's young but he's been a standout at every level he's played and if he's even close to the guy he patterns his game after lebron james sixers fans will be pretty happy to that. take a look at ben simmons. introduced to philadelphia for the first time today. he told me holding up that number 25 jersey was surreal. the lsu freshman comes in as the sixers first number one overall pick in 20 years as you said and given there he's not quite 20 years old yet, there's a lot riding on his young broad shoulders. talk about the pressure that
comes with being the number one pick here. >> um, you know, some people call it pressure. i usually look at it if i'm working as hard as i can that's all i can ask of myself and my teammates. as long as you put in the work you get results from doing that. i'm looking forward to getting to work. >> any young player coming into the game is going to feel that but we're going to try to spread that as much as we can across the entire team so that it's not just on ben's shoulders to bear that weight. >> i think he's wired for it. i think his experience is leading up to this is going to make him even more prepared. he's had this stage, this limelight for a long time. >> it's such a unique situation. brett brown actually coached simmons' father in 1988 in australia. the two have a relationship that goes way back. i asked brett what that's like. he said it's kind of crazy and it also makes him feel really old. should be a special time here in sixers land. live at pcom, jaime apody
channel6 "action news. jeff. >> jamie simmons extra comfortable with the sixers because of that relationship with brown. the model the hawk will never die oh so true for former saint joe's star diondre bembry. he's still a hawk after the atlanta hawks picked him 21st overall last night. ryan arcidiacono signs a rookie free agent deal with the spurs. a source tells "action news" today and daniel ochefu signs with the washington wizard. like the sixers the flyers hope to score a franchise caliber star tonight in the first round of the nhl draft. flyers pick 18th overall. general manager ron hextall is trying to remain patient. >> we're not going to change our philosophy. philosophy is draft the best player. these kids are 17, 18 years old. they're young kids and we're going to draft a player at 18 that we feel like is the best player at that spot. >> and one other time in flyers history they picked in
that spot 18 it was bill clement. he would be two stanley cups for the flyers. hopefully whoever they pick will do the same. >> thank you. more than 50 recruits graduated from the philadelphia police academy today but for one grad it was a day for two celebrations. jonathan devine was among the group graduating at mitten hall. after the ceremony he enlisted his nephews signs spelling out kale len will you marry me. kayla shed said yes. congratulations to the happy couple.
>> meteorologist adam joseph is here now for a first check of that forecast. is it the first full weekend of summer. >> it's the first time full week of summer. we have low humidity. as we look at storm tracker6 live double scan still dealing with a pocket of downpours and thunderstorms in parts of northern lancaster and berks county. all of the storms that pass into southern new jersey prompting some flash flood warnings in cumberland county that is long gone, the flooding has receded but we have this area that really hasn't moved all that much so we've got 10 between one and 2-inches of are a nine northern parts of berks county just to the north and west of reading still nine lightning strikes in the last 15 minutes that is down from over 30 lightning strikes within about a half hour ago so they are beginning to rain themselves out and slowly drifting from the northwest to the south and east. temperature-wise it's 79 in fleetwood near those storms, 76 in quakertown, 77 warrington. 78 in center city. it's a bit drier to the north, at least how it feels when you
step out. when you head to the south the numbers look cooler but it's more tropical-like because of the earlier rains from vineland at 68, 69, woodbine, sea isle city 79 degrees and as you head to the north ewing a little bit warmer at 78 degrees. we have high pressure in control over the great lakes and also one over new england. the two will kind of join forces here and create a larger high that will park itself east of maine for the weekend and this boundary that has really littered the area of some of these scattered storms will be pushed down to the south thanks to those two high pressures marrying one another if you will. early thunderstorms in spots this evening. otherwise it turns clear and comfy, 58 in the suburbs by tomorrow morning, 64 for center city. future tracker 9 o'clock tomorrow morning again the clouds are gone, 73 philadelphia, 70 in allentown, 71 in millville and you will notice kind of a refreshing feeling when you step out the door tomorrow morning and then in the afternoon, low to mid 80's and again much cooler,
though, at the shore because of a wind coming in off of the water and as that high again merges off of new england, temperatures averaging about 88 degrees both saturday and sunday for inhappene inland locl to wall sunshine and low humidity. heading to the shore tomorrow, 75 surf city, 76 beach haven 76 ocean city. because of that easterly winds off of the chilly ocean of coulder degrees there will be a moderate risk for rip current. watch that listen to the lifeguards. a lie u.v. index despite that it feels breezy and cool and 77 for sea isle city and upper 70's for the beaches in delaware as well. the ocean a bit warmer off of bethany beach of 71 degrees. if you're heading to the mountains to the poconos this weekend pretty nice there as well. delightful tomorrow, 79. warm and bright, 81 degrees on sunday. the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, kind of a flawless weekend ahead, 87 tomorrow, 88 on sunday. then the humidity comes up here on monday, 88 degrees and
with more humidity it means more moisture in the atmosphere. clouds will tend to bubble up and there could be an isolated downpour or thunderstorm but the best chance will come on tuesday with an actual frontal boundary that passes through to kind of spark it up. 87 degrees and then that should continue to move on by wednesday, 84 degrees with dropping humidity at the end of next week. a very comfortable 83 to 84 degrees, so not bad as we are approaching the beginning of the fourth of july weekend which is the following weekend to have numbers like that. >> adam thank you. abc's "world news tonight" with david muir is next here on channel6. "action news" continental at 10:00 on phl17 with brian taff sharrie williams and ducis rodgers. for all of us here at "action news" i'm rick williams. have a nice evening. >> ♪
breaking news as we come on the air. we have just learned the horrific death toll. the weather emergency. at least 20 dead, family members, children, among the victims an 8-year-old boy. the rescue still under way at this hour. and the new storms set to hit. >> and the u.k. votes to exit the european union. here, the dow plunging more than 600 points. and donald trump opening a golf course in scotland, declaring the vote a great thing. and american families rushing to safety, we'ron