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Robber Shoots Woman, 75, in the Face in Northeast Philadelphia

A 75-year-old woman shot in the face by a robber after leaving a Northeast Philadelphia supermarket Thursday morning walked home and put her groceries away before calling for help, according to police.

Police said the senior citizen was walking along Erdrick Street near Wellington, in Mayfair, on her way home from the ShopRite on Frankford Avenue just after 10 a.m. when she was accosted by the gunman, who shot her once in the cheek, stole her purse and took off in a silver vehicle.

In the woman's purse were a cellphone and $400 cash, police said.

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Incredibly, after being shot, the victim managed to continue walking and make it back to her home about a block away, where she put away her groceries before calling for help, police said.

The woman was taken to Aria Health's Torresdale hospital, where she was in stable condition later Thursday morning. Police said she was alert and talking with detectives at the hospital.

Police continue to investigate the robbery and shooting. The gunman remains on the loose.

Anyone with information in the shooting should contact Northeast Detectives at 215-686-3153.

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