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Taxi Driver Shot in West Philadelphia, Found With Fistful of Money

The driver is still in critical condition

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A taxi driver was shot in West Philadelphia in what police described as a robbery gone wrong Saturday morning.

Police arrived at the area of 37th and Spring Garden streets, in the city’s Mantua neighborhood, shortly after 4 a.m. and found the driver on the ground with a gunshot wound to the stomach and a handful of money, an officer at the scene told NBC10.

The 53-year-old man was apparently shot on the 600 block of N. 37th Street and then drove two block south, where he crashed into a tree, Philadelphia Police Department spokeswoman Tanya Little said.

The driver was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in critical condition, Little said.


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Police said the taxi’s front passenger window was rolled down when officers arrived. That, plus the fact that the victim had money on him, would suggest the shooting was a result of an attempted robbery, police said.

Police say that someone shot a taxi driver in the stomach shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday morning during a robbery attempt. NBC10's Brandon Hudson reports the latest in Philadelphia's Mantua neighborhood.

 Police have made no arrests, and could not immediately provide a suspect description.

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