Women Hand Over Money, Gunman Opens Fire Anyway: Police

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    The search is on for a second robbery suspect who Philadelphia Police say robbed a two woman before his alleged accomplice shot one of the victims. NBC10's Jesse Gary reports.

    A gunman opened fire even though two women cooperated during a robbery overnight, landing one woman in the hospital.

    The friends were walking home from a 7-Eleven store in the Juniata section of Philadelphia when two men, one armed with a semi-automatic handgun, approached them along the 1000 block of E Luzerne Street around 2:25 a.m.

    The men demanded money and the 20- and 21-year-old women obliged, according to Philadelphia Police.

    One man however still opened fire, hitting the unidentified 21-year-old woman twice -- once in her side and once in the back, according to police.

    "Why this individual shot this 21-year-old female after the female gave up her money, is something we're gonna have to find out, why this individual did this," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

    The victim was rushed to Temple University Hospital in critical condition.

    “After shooting the female both of the perpetrators fled on foot,” said Small.

    The alleged shooter ran off but was caught a short time later about a block away hiding under a work truck on the 4000 block Palmetto Street. Police say he had a gun next to him when he was captured. Police didn't immediately identify the suspect.

    The second robbery suspect got away.

     


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