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- A man told Philadelphia police his girlfriend shot him just outside of the Jefferson Torresdale Hospital emergency room.
- The man was able to stumble inside the ER to get help.
- “Very unusual for a person to be shot right outside the emergency room of a trauma hospital,” Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
“Sounds unusual, sounds bizarre, but fortunately for him he was standing outside a hospital emergency room when he was shot.”
Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small says a man was shot by his girlfriend just feet from a Northeast Philadelphia hospital's emergency room entrance.
The 30-year-old was leaving Jefferson Torresdale Hospital after visiting sick relatives around 10 Wednesday night when the 30-year-old woman drove up and got out of her Lincoln MKZ as he approached the driver-side door, police said.
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“The female then pointed a gun at him and fired four shots,” Small said.
The man was struck once in the back, but he still managed to walk back into the ER for help, Small said, calling the man "fortunate" due to the place he was shot. The woman got back in her car and fled.
The man, who was listed in stable condition, later identified the shooter as a girlfriend with whom he has had an ongoing dispute over text messages throughout the day, investigators said. Police initially said the couple had broken up.
“Very unusual for a person to be shot right outside the emergency room of a trauma hospital,” Small said.
Police said the suspected shooter, who has not been publicly named, lives about an hour outside the city. She was captured Thursday. charges are pending.