Father Shot in Front of His Wife and Child During Robbery Attempt Near South Street

A gunman shot a father as he ran away from an apparent robbery along Philadelphia's busy South Street Neighborhood

What to Know

  • A father is recovering after he was shot after parking near Philadelphia's South Street Sunday night.
  • The 25-year-old man was shot in the neck as he fled an apparent robbery, police said.
  • The man's wife and 1-year-old child fled in the other direction and weren't harmed.

A father is recovering after he was shot in front of his wife and toddler during an apparent robbery near busy South Street in Center City Sunday night.

Two gunmen approached the 25-year-old man as he was getting out of a car with his wife and 1-year-old child near 12th and South streets just before 8 p.m. and shouted "give it up," Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said as the investigation continued Monday.

The man ran one direction while his wife ran the other direction with their 1-year-old, Kinebrew said.

At least one of the robbers fired on the man, striking him in the neck, police said. Despite being wounded, the man managed to run down South Street to get help.

The man remained in stable condition at the hospital Monday, investigators said.

"He's not a local," Philadelphia Capt. Lee Strollo said of the shooting victim. It wasn't clear why he was in the area.

Frank Garcia, who lives near where the shooting took place, told NBC10 he heard the gunshot.

"My wife and I were watching TV, and we heard at least one shot and looked at each other," Garcia said.

Officers closed a stretch of South Street Sunday night as they searched for clues. Police say a backpack belonging to the wounded man's child was left behind in the aftermath. 

In the initial hours after the shooting, investigators said the man had more than one child with him when he was shot but they later said only one child was present.

No arrests have been made and police have not released a description of any suspects. They continued to look over surveillance video Monday.

If you have any information on the shooting, please contact Philadelphia Police.

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