A man allegedly seen firing a gun and then shot by police near a North Philadelphia housing project remains in critical condition at a city hospital, a police spokesman said Monday afternoon in a statement.
Philadelphia Housing Authority police officers allegedly witnessed the suspect, who police have only identified as a 31-year-old man, fire a gun at someone in the 1500 block of Judson Way near the Norman Blumberg Apartments at about 3 a.m.
The suspect then fled on foot as housing officers called in to city police for assistance, Lt. John Sanford said in a statement.
"The defendant ran onto a field in the 2400 block of Stewart Street, where he pointed his firearm in the officers’ direction," Sanford said. "The Housing Officers, Philadelphia Police Officer and a responding FBI Agent discharged their service weapons striking the defendant in the stomach and shoulder by gunshots and he dropped his firearm and fell to the ground."
A Lorcin .38-caliber pistol, loaded with four rounds, was recovered at the scene, police said. Another .38-caliber handgun was found in the 1500 block of Judson Way.
The Blumberg Apartments is a high-rise residential complex owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. The apartments and complex spread over eight acres has three high-rise towers and 15 barracks-style buildings. It as an old style project known as a troubled area with a high crime rate and concentration of poor households. The PHA has targeted it for renewal, according to a recent Inquirer article. The complex is a mix of 501 units that has some senior units.
The suspect was described in police dispatch reports as a black male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, and wearing a black vest and black hoodie.