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Man, 23, wounded in West Philadelphia shooting

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Man, 23, wounded in West Philadelphia shooting

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Police are investigating a shooting in West Philadelphia that left a 23-year-old man hospitalized Wednesday night.

The victim was shot in his left leg and his buttocks on Gross Street near Girard Avenue around 10:08 p.m., police said.

Medics took the man to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and he was listed in stable condition as of 10:45 p.m., said Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detective Division. Police were unsure of the circumstances that led up to the shooting.

Cops scoured the scene for evidence and found 15 shell casings on the street. Cops were unsure of what type of weapon was used, but said the shots were most likely fired from a 40-caliber handgun.

Two witnesses were taken to the Southwest Detective Division, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. Neighbors told police the shooters appeared to be in their late teens to early 20s, had thin builds, wore dark clothing and fled the scene on bicycles. They headed west on Callowhill Street, Small said.

A man was taken in for questioning on Callowhill Street near 61st and Small said police recovered a handgun on the block. It was unclear whether the man was identified as the shooter, or if the weapon police recovered was the one that was used in the shooting.

Two parked cars were hit by stray bullets, Small said. The victim's blood, his hat and one of his sneakers were left behind on the scene.

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