18-year-old charged in Strawberry Mansion shooting

An 18-year-old has been charged in a weekend shooting in Strawberry Mansion that left another 18-year-old in critical condition, police said Monday.

Shakur Smith has been charged with aggravated assault, violation of the Uniform Firearms Act, assault, reckless endangerment and related offenses for allegedly shooting an 18-year-old man on 32nd Street near Berks shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Shakur Smith, 18, is charged with aggravated assault and related offenses for shooting an 18-year-old man in Strawberry Mansion Saturday night, police said. (Photo: Philadelphia Police)

Police said officers from the 22nd District responded to a radio call in the area of the shooting and found a large crowd at the corner of 32nd and Berks streets. While there, the cops heard gunfire and saw Smith firing shots from a handgun before he wrapped a green T-shirt around his hand in an attempt to conceal the weapon. Police chased him and arrested him after a brief struggle, authorities said. Police said they recovered his gun.

The victim remained at Hahnemnan University Hospital in critical but stable condition with a gunshot wound to the chest on Monday.

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