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Young Man Wrestles Gun Away While Being Shot on SEPTA Platform, Police Say

The 18-year-old man was shot on the Broad Street Line SEPTA platform as part of a violent Sunday in Philadelphia

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A young man managed to wrestle the gun away from his attacker during a shooting on a SEPTA platform in Center City Sunday night, Philadelphia police said.

The 18-year-old was on the southbound platform of the Broad Street Line below JFK Boulevard around 8 p.m. when a gunman opened fire. 

Officers arrived to find a man holding a gun on the platform. They ordered him to drop the weapon, which he did, police said.

Witnesses told officers the man who dropped the gun was the shooting victim and he then raised his shirt to show his wounds, investigators said.

The teen was rushed to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his groin and buttocks.

Witnesses told police, "the victim wrestled the gun from the offender who was gone upon arrival," police said in a news release.

No arrests were made, though police recovered a weapon.

Police said the shooter -- believed to also be 18 -- wore a black hoodie, Converse sneakers and light-colored pants.

The shooting was part of a violent Sunday in Philadelphia.

Two 20-year-old men and a 19-year-old man were all shot during a triple shooting on the 2700 block of South 65th Street at 2:38 p.m. All of the victims were taken to Presbyterian Hospital and placed in stable condition.

At 3:09 p.m., a 24-year-old man was stabbed once in the face and once in the chest on the 1300 block of Arch Street in Center City. He was taken to Jefferson Hospital and placed in critical condition.

At 9:27 p.m., a 34-year-old man was shot once in the face in a home on South 50th Street, police said. He was listed in stable condition at the hospital.

Then, a 57-year-old man was slashed on his hand during a robbery attempt along South 12 Street about 15 minutes before midnight, police said. He was treated in stable condition.

No arrests have been made in any of Sunday's incidents.

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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