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Philadelphia shooter who injured 2 officers was 'hell-bent on hurting a lot of people'

A "rambling" note expressing hatred for police was found after a man opened fire on a Philadelphia police officer, then went on a shooting spree.

Police found 'rambling' letter expressing shooter's anger at police, his probation officer

Police watch protesters in Philadelphia in July. A 'rambling' note expressing hatred for police was found after a man opened fire on a Philadelphia police officer, then went on a shooting spree on Friday. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty)

A note expressing hatred for police was found after a man opened fire on a Philadelphia police officer, then went on a shooting spree, injuring a second officer, killing a woman and wounding three other people before he was shot and killed by police in an alley, authorities said Saturday.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said police found a note which he described as "rambling" at the scene of the Friday overnight rampage that police believe was written by the gunman. It expressed hatred toward law enforcement and named a probation officer.

Ross said police believe only the one gunman was involved in the violent events, which he described as "completely bizarre."

The shooter was identified as 25-year-old Nicholas Glenn. Ross said Glenn was well known to the police department and "was hell-bent on hurting a lot of people."

Officials said Glenn walked up to Sgt. Sylvia Young as she sat in her patrol car and fired 18 times, striking her vest, her arm and disabling her service weapon. He then fired into a bar, injuring a security guard, wounded a woman, and fired into a car, hitting a man and woman. That woman died just before 2 a.m. Saturday. The suspect also wounded a University of Pennsylvania police officer before he was shot in an alley by other officers.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says shooter Nicholas Glenn was well known to the police department. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

Ross said two police officers and University of Pennsylvania police officer Ed Miller chased Glenn into an alley, where he was shot and killed. Miller was wounded.

Both Miller and Young, a 19-year police veteran, were in stable condition Saturday at Penn Presbyterian Hospital. Young was struck up to eight times. Bullets hit her protective vest and her left arm.

Mayor Jim Kenney praised officers and pleaded with them to follow Young's example and wear their protective vests.

"Thank you for what you do for us every day, and please, please, please, every shift, please wear your vest," he said. "They will save your life, as we saw tonight."