David Chang

Gunman Shoots Man Walking Into Troubled North Philadelphia Motel

A man is recovering after he was shot while walking into a North Philadelphia motel early Tuesday evening.

The 43-year-old victim was walking into the Liberty Motel on the 3200 block of Germantown Avenue at 6:15 p.m. when a masked gunman fired two shots through a pair of glass doors and into the motel lobby. The man was struck once in the outer thigh. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he is currently in stable condition.

"It's pretty clear the shooter intentionally shot into the lobby," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. "We're not sure whether this 43-year-old victim was the intended target."

No arrests have been made and a weapon has not been recovered.

The Liberty Motel has had a troubled history. Between 2004 and 2014, police responded to more than 1800 calls at the motel or within a block of it, made 116 arrests for prostitution, 46 arrests for other crimes and responded to 20 deaths, mostly drug-related, according to documents obtained by NBC10.

In December, 2015, a housekeeper was slashed across the neck with a box cutter by another woman who was staying inside the motel, according to police.

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