PHILADELPHIA, P.A. (NORTHEAST PHILLY)
Police in Philly say they are searching for at least four suspects that beat a man before shooting him in the back, on Tuesday night in Northeast Philadelphia. 6 ABC ACTION NEWS reported that the incident happened on the 5200 block of Whitaker Avenue, at around 11 p.m.
Police were called to the scene of a reported shooting at the location. They arrived to find no victim at the scene. A short while later they were notified that a shooting victim had just arrived at a hotel nearby. The victim was a 27-year old male, who had been shot in the lower back. Investigators said the victim had been shot multiple times after being pushed to the ground during the fight. The victim was last reported to be in serious but stable condition, at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Police say the victim knew some of his attackers.
“The motive appears to be a physical altercation, a fight, with individuals that this victim knows. So we’re pretty confident that we will be able to identify at least some of these individuals that were involved in the fight with the victim, possibly the individuals that shot him.”
Philly’s Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The victim told police that there were about four or five assailants in total. He said they fled on foot after the shooting. After being shot, the victim amazingly managed to stumble his way across four lanes of traffic on Roosevelt Boulevard without getting hit by a car. He made his way into a hotel where he got help from nearby bystanders or staff, who called paramedics.
Three spent shell casings, one of the victim’s shoes, and the victim’s cellphone were found at the scene of the shooting. Police say they located a surveillance camera nearby that captured part of the fight. No one has been arrested yet, but police expect that to change shortly.