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Shooting Near Oil Refinery Prompts Police to Shut Down Bridge



    Bridge Closes After Gunfire Near Refinery

    Police are seeking a victim and possible gunshot-riddled car after a shooting in Southwest Philadelphia near an oil refinery Thursday morning. NBC10's Monique Braxton reports from the scene. (Published Thursday, July 10, 2014)

    A shooting near an oil refinery in South Philadelphia prompted police to shut down a busy bridge spanning the Schuylkill River.

    The western lanes of the Passyunk Avenue Bridge, which connects South Philadelphia to Southwest Philadelphia, were closed for about an hour as police collected evidence from the shooting.

    Officials say reports of shots fired near the entrance to the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery at 28th Street and Passyunk Avenue came in around 4:40 a.m. on Thursday. Once on scene, officers found at least 10 bullet casings from a semi-automatic weapon near the refinery's entrance and on the bridge.

    There are no reports of any injuries, but police are looking for a potential victim and a car riddled with bullets. Detectives plan to review nearby surveillance video for any clues.

    The drawbridge is used by many as another route to Philadelphia International Airport and as a way to the Philadelphia Auto Mall. The eastbound lanes were not affected.

    The refinery was formerly owned by Philadelphia-based Sunoco.