West Philly shooting sends 95-year-old man to hospital

Two men were injured in the incident.

Tim Jimenez
July 12, 2018 - 7:05 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A shooting in West Philadelphia early Thursday morning has left two people, including a 95-year-old man, wounded. Both victims are in the hospital. Police aren't sure who the intended target was, and they do not yet have a suspect. 

It happened around 3:15 a.m. at 53rd and Rodman Streets. Chief Inspector Scott Small says shots were fired into a house. A 33-year-old man was hit in the chest and critically wounded. The elder victim, shot in the arm, "was found laying on the living room couch," Small said. "We believe that was where he was laying when one of the bullets came through the window."

Offciers found the man bleeding heavily, but he is listed in stable condition at a nearby hospital. He is the great-grandfather of one of the residents, said Small.

There were three others in the house at the time who weren't hurt, including a 2-year-old girl and her 24-year-old mother. 

Police haven't nailed down a motive or who the intended target was, but Small says the shooter was going after someone in that house. "It appears preliminarily that the shooter was standing right up on the porch or the steps intentionally firing into this private residence," he said.

This happened about 10 blocks away from a triple shooting at 60th and Spruce about an hour and a half prior, which left one person in critical condition. Police so far do not believe they are connected. 


CORRECTION: A previous version of this story indicated that the second man injured was 32 years old.