A 21-year-old woman who caught a stray bullet to the head inside her Southwest Philadelphia home when a shooting erupted a block away late Wednesday night was not the only innocent victim of the shooting, police said today.
A 41-year-old man wounded in the shoulder on Daggett Street near Dicks Avenue was also a bystander, Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said. The man had been standing outside his girlfriend’s house smoking a cigarette at the time of the shooting when he caught the stray bullet. The woman, who was in her bedroom on Buist Avenue near 65th Street, suffered a graze wound. Both innocent victims were expected to recover, police said.
Walker said investigators believe a group of young men was hanging out at Daggett and Dicks around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday when three other men – described as black, between 18 and 20, and wearing dark hooded sweatshirts – approached them, pulled guns and unloaded at least 32 shots in their direction. One man from the group targeted, a 19-year-old, was wounded in the head and remains in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania today. Walker said police do not believe that any of the men in the group returned fire.
The shooters then ran to the corner of 65th Street and Dicks Avenue and took off in a cream-colored sedan, which a witness followed south on 65th Street to Lindbergh Boulevard, then to 64th Street before the witness lost the car, Walker said. Police are reviewing surveillance footage from the area to determine where the car traveled after that.