Man killed overnight in downtown shootout

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) – Police are investigating a shooting in the city center overnight that left one person dead.

Police found the 26-year-old victim on the ground bleeding when they responded to a call around 12:30 a.m.

He was shot near the intersection of Juniper and Chancellor streets, near popular bars and restaurants, according to initial police reports. And based on casings found by investigators, they say at least 21 shots were fired.

“He received several bullets in the chest and torso; once in the leg. He was completely unresponsive lying on the sidewalk,” Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

The man died in hospital. He has not yet been publicly identified.

The victim had a lot of cash on him, but the police aren’t sure of the motive.

“He had a large sum of money. How much, I’m not sure at the moment, but he had a substantial amount of money in his pocket,” Small said. “So we don’t know if the theft was a motive. It doesn’t look like the money was taken.

In surveillance video, police say they saw a blue van leave the scene. Witnesses say it appears those involved in the shooting fled in that truck.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story cited initial police reports stating the age of the victim was 27. He was 26 years old.