Gunman Shoots Man After Snack Stop at Nearby Gas Station, Police Say

What to Know

  • A young man was critically injured after being shot multiple times in front of a family member's home on Philadelphia's Fitzwater Street.
  • The man had just gone to a Broad Street Sunoco gas station to buy chips and lotto tickets.
  • At some point the gunman saw the man and opened fire.

A trip to the neighborhood gas station convenience store ended with a young man fighting for his life after being shot in front of a family member’s Philadelphia home.

The 22-year-old bought some lottery tickets and chips from the Sunoco a couple blocks away on South Broad Street just before 1 a.m. Monday, witnesses told investigators.

Police initially said that family members told them there was an argument at the gas station but later clarified that surveillance video doesn't show any sort of altercation.

It wasn't clear when the gunman began tracking the man.

“The victim was entering the front door of a family member’s home when the shooter fired at least six shots,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Police scooped up the critically injured man from in front of the home on the 1300 block of Fitzwater Street and rushed him to a nearby hospital, Small said. The man underwent surgery at the hospital for multiple gunshot sounds to his back, torso and legs.

A 61-year-old woman inside the home wasn’t hurt despite one of the bullets going into the row house.

The only description of the shooter is that he is a man who was wearing all dark clothing and ran from the scene on foot. It wasn’t known if the shooter and injured man knew each other before the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Philly police.

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