2 men shot in attempted robbery in Lawncrest

PHILADELPHIA - July 9, 2013

Police say it was around 12:30 a.m. when the suspect approached two men, ages 23 and 19, standing on the sidewalk along the 400 block of East Howell Street and attempted to rob them.

The suspect pulled out a gun and opened fire, shooting the 23-year-old victim twice in the head and in the torso and the 19-year-old was shot in the leg.

One victim is in critical condition, the other is in stable condition. Both are being treated at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

"Based on ballistic evidence at the scene we know that at least six shots were fired by two separate caliber semi-automatic weapons," said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Police have recovered one of the two weapons in a trash can near the scene.

The search for the gunman continues. The shooting remains under investigation.

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