Saturday, August 1, 2015

Vietnam veteran in critical after Grays Ferry home invasion, shooting

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A man identified as a Vietnam War veteran is in critical condition after he was shot during a home invasion in Grays Ferry.

South Detectives said the incident happened at about 8:20 p.m. Monday on the 3100 block of Tasker Street.

The 58-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and arm, and was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition, police said.

Authorities did not release the man's name, though media reports identified him as a Vietnam veteran.

Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters that the home's heavy, wooden front door was knocked off its hinges.

The motive for the incident remains unclear.

"It appears that nothing was taken," Small said.

Police say investigators found gunshot holes in the door, wall and staircase at the home. Detectives are also reviewing surveillance video from the area, police said.

No arrests have been made, and no description of a suspect was available. The shooting remains under investigation.

Also in Philadelphia last night, a man was fatally shot in the Francisville section. The victim was not identified, and no arrests were reported in the slaying.


Contact Emily Babay at 215-854-2153 or ebabay@philly.com. Follow @emilybabay on Twitter.

Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443; BreakingNewsDesk@philly.com. Follow @phillynews on Twitter.

Philly.com staff
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