PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A drive-by shooting in the heart of Center City on Wednesday night left a man hospitalized and a business riddled with bullets. The shooting occurred at 17th Street and JFK Boulevard.
It doesn’t get much more central in the city center than this. Normally a crowded area of pedestrians and professionals, it dissipated fairly quickly when 15 shots were fired, hitting one person as well as the windows of a business.
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A little after 11 p.m., officers from the 9th Precinct as well as SEPTA Transit responded to reports of gunfire at 17th Street and JFK Boulevard.
Officers found a 19-year-old man lying on the sidewalk with three gunshot wounds. He was shot in each arm and once in the upper right thigh.
A SEPTA Transit agent took the man to Jefferson Hospital where he is in stable condition.
While searching the crime scene, officers found at least 15 used casings fired from a 9mm handgun.
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There are also numerous surveillance cameras in the area, and detectives are combing through these footage for clues as to who did this.
BREAK OVERNIGHT: At least 15 shots fired while driving at 17th and JFK. A 19-year-old man shot three times and a business behind shot down. Live reports from 4:30 a.m. on @CBSPhilly #Gun violence #Philly #Philadelphia pic.twitter.com/lfppqpTaWP
— Ross DiMattei CBS-3 (@RossDiMattei) June 2, 2022
“What we know so far is that a dark-colored vehicle was heading south on 17th Street, when just as it passed the target, the 19-year-old man opened the fire,” Inspector DF Pace said. “We don’t know exactly how many shooters there were if there was one or more than one at the time.”
Officers also found a black handbag left at the scene.
They don’t know who he belongs to or if he’s connected to this shooting. This is now part of this ongoing investigation.
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