Husband of Police Radio Dispatcher Shot Six Times After Accidentally Bumping Into Gunman: Police

The husband of a Philadelphia Police radio dispatcher and father of five was shot six times after he accidentally bumped into a man outside a local bodega.

Investigators say Edward Lynn, 49, entered a bodega on the corner of Farson Street and Haverford Avenue back on August 29 around 2 p.m. As Lynn walked out he accidentally bumped into a man who was with two friends outside.

Lynn's wife Michelle, who works as a Philadelphia Police radio dispatcher, says her husband's simple mistake sparked an argument.

"I understand words were exchanged," Michelle said. "He came back over to apologize and extended his hand. One of the guys went ahead and punched him in the face. That's when a guy pulled out a gun and started shooting.

Police say the suspect fired nine shots. Lynn was struck six times in the legs, shoulder and right side. Investigators also say a bullet pierced his spine.

"He was like, 'I can't believe they just shot me,'" Michelle said. "I just told him to hold on and that I was on my way. I just couldn't believe what they did to my husband for no reason. No reason at all." 

The gunman fled the scene south on the 200 block of North Farson Street.

Lynn was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he underwent several surgeries. He is in critical but stable condition. Michelle, who has five children with Edward, says she's not sure if her husband will ever walk again due to the shooting.

"It hurts," Michelle said while in tears. "So many times I want to break down. I can't because I have to be strong for him."

The alleged gunman, who was captured on surveillance video inside the grocery store prior to the shooting, is described as a 20-year-old man, standing 5-foot-8. He was last seen wearing a white tank top, tan pants and black sneakers.

If you have any information on the shooting, please call Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183/4.

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