Cops chased and arrested a man who they saw ditch a gun minutes after a man was fatally shot on a North Philadelphia street Thursday night, police said.
Police found the victim, a 26-year-old man, with gunshot wounds to his neck, chest, stomach, arm, both legs and buttocks lying in a vacant lot on 24th Street near Ridge Avenue shortly before midnight, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. He was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:59 p.m.
Small said 22nd District officers were in the immediate area when they received the call for the shooting and saw a man jump out of a vehicle at 24th and Montgomery streets, less than a block from where the man was shot. The officers chased the man and saw him toss a handgun as he was running, Small said. They eventually caught up with him, placed him under arrest and recovered the gun.
It was the second arrest in connection with a shooting made by Philadelphia police within minutes of the shooting itself on Thursday, after cops saw a man with a gun chasing another man he'd allegedly just shot in the city's Germantown section earlier in the evening and arrested him.