Philadelphia Officer Critical After Donut Shop Shooting

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia police officer who walked into a doughnut shop today while it was being held up is listed in "extremely critical" condition after being shot in the head.

The city's police commissioner says the officer, Charles Cassidy, was checking on the Dunkin' Donuts shop this morning, and didn't know when he walked in that it was being robbed. He was shot immediately, and police say the bullet went through his brain.

According to the commissioner, the robber left the shop, came back to pick up the officer's gun, and then fled.

Police swarmed the neighborhood in a search for the gunman, and more than a dozen schools in the area were locked down.

The shooting came about 12 hours after a masked gunman shot and wounded a traffic police officer. The officer had been responding to a report of a gunman in an SUV shooting at another car, injuring two men and a woman. He was chasing the SUV when the gunman eventually got out of the vehicle, approached the squad car, and fired. The officer was hit in the shoulder, and is in fair condition.

The gunman in that shooting apparently jumped into a nearby river, where searchers later recovered a body.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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