Man shot in W. Philadelphia, in critical condition

A 45-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot in the back of his neck on 48th Street near Walnut in West Philadelphia, police said.

The man told cops that two large groups of people were arguing on the street about 7:40 p.m. when shots were fired and he was wounded by a stray bullet.

However, police said the man’s story seems suspicious.

“Police went out there — no scene whatsoever, no witnesses, nothing,” said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The man was taken by a private vehicle to Presbyterian Hospital, and was later transferred by medics to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.