Cops hunting for Frankford gunman

Police issued an arrest warrant today for Troy Townshend, 26, in connection with a daytime shooting in Northeast Philadelphia last Friday.

Investigators said Townshend, of Mountain Street near 18th in South Philadelphia, blasted away with a semi-automatic handgun at about 3 p.m. and wounded a 23-year-old man several times in the torso on Granite Street near Frankford Avenue in East Frankford. Townshend fled, and the incident then took a few bizarre twists.

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The gunshot victim tried to carjack an 80-year-old man -- and succeeded, sort of. The elderly man got tangled in the seat belt and was dragged down the street until the gunshot victim crashed into another vehicle, investigators said. The shooting victim, who police have not identified, is currently in stable condition at Frankford-Torresdale Hospital. The elderly man treated at Temple University Hospital and released.

Anyone with information on Townshend's whereabouts is asked to contact Northeast Detectives at 215-686-3153 or -3154.

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