Police shoot gun-wielding suspect in Grays Ferry

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People hug outside the emergency entrance to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after a police-involved shooting Wednesday night. (Michael S. Wirtz / Staff Photographer)

This post has been updated.

Police shot a suspect who allegedly killed a man and injured a woman in Grays Ferry after he fired at an officer during a brief foot chase Wednesday night.

Around 8:30 p.m., police responding to calls about gunfire at 31st and Tasker streets found a man on the street standing over another man while he shot him. The suspect ran when police told him to drop the weapon and fired at an officer who was chasing him, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

The 22-year-old suspect was shot once by police as he fled, and was listed in stable condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Wednesday night. Police at the scene were unsure of where on the body he was shot.

The suspect threw his weapon beneath a parked car on 32nd Street near Dickinson and was apprehended as he tried to jump into a car near the corner. The 24-year-old man being shot by the suspect when police arrived was taken to HUP and pronounced dead there. An 18-year-old woman was also shot in her neck and taken to HUP in critical condition. Police said she was likely a bystander who was wounded by the suspect’s gunfire.

Police did not know the ages of the victims or the suspect and said they were unsure of the shooter’s motive Wednesday night. The initial call came about the same time as a call for a shooting on 26th Street near Dickinson, where a 21-year-old man was killed. Police said they have no evidence yet that the shootings were related, but because of the close time and proximity, they are treating them as if they were.

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