Man shot outside Target after stopping to help friend

Tom Avril, Staff Writer

Updated: Saturday, August 12, 2017, 5:19 PM

A 29-year-old man was shot in the back outside a Target store in the 7400 block of Bustleton Avenue after stopping to help a friend who was involved in a fight, police said.

The man had been driving to the store at 3:30 p.m. on Friday when he saw his friend involved in a “physical altercation,” Philadelphia police said. Another man at the scene pulled out a gun and fired seven times, hitting the 29-year-old in the back before fleeing the scene in a red sedan, police said.

The shooting victim was taken to Aria-Jefferson Health Torresdale hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, police said. A police S.W.A.T. team cleared the building, and shoppers were interviewed by police on site.

At 11:45 p.m. Friday, a “person of interest” turned himself in at the police station. On Saturday afternoon, police said that no charges had been filed and that the investigation was continuing.

Tom Avril, Staff Writer

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