SEPTA: Shooting victim tried to ride bus to hospital

One man was so confident in SEPTA's service today that he tried to use one of its buses as an ambulance, officials with the transit authority said.

The man, 31, was shot about 7 a.m. on 57th Street near Catherine in West Philadelphia, police spokeswoman Officer Jillian Russell said. It's not clear what sparked the shooting, but the man was hit once in the leg.

He then stumbled a few blocks to 57th Street and Baltimore Avenue, where he hailed one of SEPTA's Route G buses. After a brief conversation with the driver, during which he admitted he had just been shot, the man got off the bus and crossed the street to board one heading northbound toward Lankenau Medical Center, SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said.

Apparently, he had mixed up the two, which is understandable when you have a bullet in your leg.

The driver on the first bus called SEPTA headquarters, which notified police. Officers stopped the northbound G bus at 58th and Baltimore, and emergency medical personnel took the shooting victim, whose name hasn't been released, to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Redfern said.

He remains there in stable condition, Russell said.

Redfern commended both police and the driver for their speedy response, but stressed the importance of calling 911 when any emergency is encountered.

"The bottom line is that if you need medical attention, you should be in the hands of a paramedic, or some sort of emergency personnel," she said.