Police were investigating a shooting in Strawberry Mansion Monday night that left a man in very critical condition after he lost what investigators called an “unusually large” amount of blood on the street where he was shot and in a private auto that took him to the hospital.
The 32-year-old shooting victim was heard arguing with another man over money outside rowhouses on a narrow block of Natrona Street off of Ridge Avenue around 8:40 p.m. before the tiff escalated into gunfire, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
The man was shot once in his upper left thigh, and was headed to Temple University Hospital in a car with several other men when a sergeant from the 39th District, headquartered at 22nd Street and Hunting Park Avenue, pulled the car over at 22nd and Allegheny and discovered the shooting victim, Small said.
Cops then followed the car to Temple University Hospital, where the victim was undergoing surgery late Monday night and listed in critical condition.
The inside of the car was covered with blood, Small said, and that was held as a scene at the hospital, while the other men who were in the vehicle were taken to speak with investigators. Police were also interviewing another person who witnessed the shooting, he added.
Small said a sizeable pool of the victim’s blood also marked the sidewalk and the street where the man was shot, but that police found no ballistic evidence there, leading them to believe a revolver was used in the shooting. There were no surveillance cameras that recorded the shooting in the residential area, he added.
The shooter was described only as a young man with a light complexion who was last seen eastbound on Gordon Street from Natrona.