Thursday, December 25, 2014

Police: Man, 19, shot in West Philadelphia during possible holdup

A 19-year-old man was shot twice during what may have been a robbery in West Philadelphia Thursday night, police said.

Police: Man, 19, shot in West Philadelphia during possible holdup

This post has been updated.

A 19-year-old man was shot twice during what may have been a robbery in West Philadelphia Thursday night, police said.

Chief Inspector Scott Small said the man was on Edgemore Road near Callowhill Street with two friends just before 10 p.m. when the trio was approached by a gunman who announced a robbery and then shot the victim in the torso and the leg. The victim's friends drove him to Lankenau Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

Small said the victim described the shooter as a man wearing a white T-shirt and gray shorts who was last seen running north on Edgemore Road. Police were checking surveillance video from a Shop Rite store on Haverford Avenue near 67th Street to see if it captured the gunman fleeing the scene.

Police were unsure what, if anything, was taken from the victim.

Small said the car the victim was taken to Lankenau in was riddled with bullet holes, and the back windshield was shot out. The vehicle was held as a scene at the hospital. Five casings from a .380-caliber handgun marked the scene on Edgemore Street, Small said.

No arrests had been made as of 11:30 p.m. Thursday, and the shooting remained under investigation.

 

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