Man Answering His Germantown Door Shot by Person Who Knocked

It appeared the gunman was standing on the porch when he fired

an SUV parked next to a sidewalk in front of a row home

A man answering the door of a home was shot by the person who was knocking Thursday night in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood.

The 26-year-old victim opened the door and was fired upon at least twice from a semiautomatic handgun, Philadelphia Police Department Chief Inspector Scott Small said. At least one bullet hit him in the chest.

The man was rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center, Small said. Police initially said he died while being operated upon, but they later said he was in critical condition.

The shooting happened just before 9:30 p.m. at a rooming house on the 5300 block of Magnolia Street, the chief inspector noted. It appeared the gunman was standing on the porch when he fired.

Police did not have a motive or suspect description, but they were hoping to get surveillance video from various cameras in the area to try to track down the suspect.

As of Thursday night, 104 people had been killed in Philadelphia this year, according to statistics from the Philadelphia Police Department, as the city continues to struggle with gun violence.

There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.

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