BY Chris Sommerfeldt
A gun-toting madman and an innocent bystander were fatally shot during a chaotic Friday evening shootout in West Philadelphia that also left two cops and three civilians wounded, authorities said.
The unidentified shooter walked up to Sgt. Sylvia Young’s squad car in the Walnut Hill neighborhood around 11:20 p.m. and shot her as many as eight times through an open window.
Young, a 19-year department veteran, miraculously survived thanks to her protective vest and was listed in stable condition at an area hospital, according to Police Commissioner Richard Ross.
Ross said a note believed to be written by the shooter was recovered near Young’s car. The twisted letter allegedly contained rambling anti-police rhetoric and even named a parole officer as a specific target.
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