Shooter in custody after wounding 2 teens on SEPTA subway

Mike Dougherty
June 06, 2019 - 7:22 am
Isaac Orsini

Philadelphia Police Department

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UPDATED: 5:30 p.m.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two teenagers were shot on a northbound Broad Street Line train Wednesday night. Police say both should be OK, and one person is already in custody.

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Police say around 9:45 p.m., a man shot the teens, 16 and 18 years old, respectively, on a train at the City Hall station.

The man was later identified as 22-year-old Isaac Orsini. He is charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, and related firearms offenses.

The eye in the sky is always watching, and SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said it didn't take very long for police to catch up with Orsini, who was caught on video pulling the trigger.

"I don't know how many times I can say if you commit a crime on SEPTA, you're going to be on video. He was on video," Nestel said. "That suspect was taken to Hahnemann Hospital. And witnesses and the victims identified that suspect. This is a great example of how people can help the police solve shootings immediately."

Orsini ran off, but Nestel said pictures were put out right away. Police in the 6th District spotted someone matching Orsini's description on Broad Street, put him in handcuffs and recovered a gun.

Witnesses also cooperated, and the victims identified the shooter while at the hospital.

"A lot of people could have been seriously injured. We're going to make sure this person is held accountable," he said.

It may have been business as usual for subway riders the following morning, but commuter Tanya, who takes the trains every day, is a bit rattled and extra cautious in light of the shooting.

"You have to be careful. You have to be aware. You have to be alert. You have to stay prayerful," she said.

She’s praying that what happened last night doesn’t happen again.

Police are still trying to figure out what led up to the shooting, whether it was targeted or a random attack. 

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KYW Newsradio's Tim Jimenez contributed to this report.