Friday, September 19, 2014
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25-year-old shot in front of his house

A 25-year-old man told police he was shot by in front of his North Philly house shortly before 12:20 a.m. yesterday.

The victim said the attacker approached him from behind on 13th Street near Courtland and pulled out a handgun, said Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman.

The two men struggled over the weapon, and the victim was wounded once in the chest. He was admitted to Albert Einstein Medical Center in stable condition.

O'Brien said the shooter was described as a 6-foot, 220-pound black man who was in his mid-20s and wore a blue hooded jacket.

Man riddled with gunshots

A 19-year-old man was found shot multiple times near a Citgo gas station in South Philly late Thursday.

Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman, said 9-1-1 dispatchers had received a call about gunshots ringing out on 21st Street near Passyunk Avenue at 11:55 p.m.

The victim, whose name was not released, was admitted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition.

At the scene, investigators found 14 shell casings from two handguns, remnants from an apparent gunbattle, said Chief Inspector Scott Small, who responded to the shooting.

They also found two baggies of an unspecified narcotic, Small said, making a drug sale a possible motive in the attack.

Detectives have not been able to interview the victim, who underwent surgery shortly after he was admitted to HUP, O'Brien said. There isn't yet a description of the shooter, but investigators are trying to determine if nearby surveillance cameras captured footage of the incident.

Cops: Off-duty officer stabbed fighting off burglar

This guy picked the wrong house to break into.

A female police officer is recovering after getting a minor stab wound during a scuffle yesterday with a burglar, police said.

The incident happened about 12:30 p.m. inside the officer's home, on 54th Street near Whitby Avenue in Kingsessing, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.

The officer, who was off duty at the time, was in a room on the home's second floor when she heard glass breaking, Russell said. She rushed downstairs and came face-to-face with a man in her dining room.

He pulled a knife and a fight ensued, during which the officer received a shallow stab wound to her right shoulder.

The man fled the scene, but was arrested a few blocks away at 55th Street and Warrington Avenue. His identity was not available last night, and Russell said charges were pending against him.

The officer drove herself to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after the fight and was released after receiving treatment.

- David Gambacorta and Vinny Vella

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