State police looking for evidence from highway shooting

Dan Wing
February 21, 2019 - 7:33 am

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UPDATED 4.17 p.m.  

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two people showed up at a Philadelphia hospital Wednesday night, claiming they were shot while driving on northbound I-95. 

Philadelphia police say they were called by administrators at Episcopal Hospital after two shooting victims were dropped off there around 9:45 p.m. 

Chief Inspector Scott Small says the two victims, a 24-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, say they were driving on northbound I-95 near Allegheny Avenue "when a black-colored SUV pulled up to the driver's side of their vehicle and fired several shots into the driver's side of their vehicle, striking both of the victims in the leg."

A third person, who was in the SUV when it was shot, dropped the victims off at the hospital and was pulled over by patrol officers at Kensington and Lehigh avenues after the officers spotted the bullet holes in the driver's-side doors. The driver told them he was on his way back to the hospital. 

Because this happened on I-95, Small says the investigation is now being handled by state police. 

"They're trying to check for a scene on northbound 95, which will be difficult," Small said. "But they're also checking their state police I-95 cameras to see if anything was recorded with this shooting."

State police Lt. Joseph Altieri says this started as an argument somewhere in Philadelphia. 

"We don't believe this is a road rage case. It's not a random act of violence. This is two parties that we feel knew each other," Altieri said. 

Both victims were shot in the leg and are now in stable condition. 

Police are trying to track down the people in the black SUV, and anyone with information is asked to call 911. 

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KYW Newsradio's Mike Dougherty contributed to this report.