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Local Philadelphia television stations offered extensive coverage of the police shooting and standoff in the city Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.
The shooting started around 4:30 p.m. local time, when the local CBS, ABC and NBC O&Os are all on the air with 4 p.m. newscasts, and continued well into the night.
All of the big three stations pre-empted their network’s respective evening newscasts to carry live coverage.
At least two stations shifted network primetime programming to subchannels, alerting viewers to tune in there via tickers and on-screen banners.
The story also took a unique turn later in the night as a thunderstorm rolled over the city.
Because the standoff was taking place outdoors, the volatile situation likely felt the effects of precipitation and visibility issues the storm brought.
#Thunderstorm is 4 miles from #Nicetown 8:45 PM eastern #Philadelphia #ActiveShooter #Standoff @NBCPhiladelphia @NWS_MountHolly @jimrosenfield @BHudTV @ABaskerville10 @NBC10_Stephania @drewsmithtv @deannadurante pic.twitter.com/sgyUWcXGHb
— Tammie Souza Weather (@TammieSouza) August 15, 2019