Gun Robbery Suspect Charged; 2nd Suspect Still at Large

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    Police continue to search for the accomplice to a gun shop shooting that injured a 67-year-old man in Northeast Philadelphia.

    One of the suspects who held up two different men leaving gun ranges in two days has been charged.

    Twenty-one-year-old Samiyyah Poteat faces multiple charges including attempted homicide, robbery and aggravated assault.

    Poteat turned herself in to authorities Friday after seeing herself in surveillance video of the crimes.

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    Officials say Poteat along with her male accomplice were involved in two holdups at two different gun ranges -- the first at Yury's Gun Range in Philly's West Poplar neighborhood and the second at the Delaware Valley Sports Center in the city's Bustleton neighborhood.

    The suspects waited in a parked car, a late model dark colored 2-door coupe, outside of the ranges until potential victims exited. 

    They robbed a 68-year-old man at gunpoint outside Yury's at 544 N. Percy St. around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, emptying the victim's pockets and taking off with his backpack, which contained two .22 caliber handguns, according to authorities.

    Poteat and her partner went to Delaware Valley Sports Center at 101 Geiger Road the next day and pulled off the same heist on an unsuspecting 67-year-old man, who was leaving the range with a friend around 8:40 p.m.

    Officials say the robbers demanded the two men hand over their cash and gun and then fired shots, striking the 67-year-old even though neither victim put up a fight. The man was taken to the Aria-Torresdale Trauma Center where he is in critical but stable condition.

    Police describe the male suspect -- who is still at large -- as 5-feet 10-inches tall with a thin build and in his twenties.

    Investigators also recovered the getaway car used in the crimes Saturday. It was located on the 200 block of South Hanson Street in West Philly.

    Samiyyah Poteat