1 in custody, another critical after Philadelphia carjacking & shooting

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
1 in custody, another critical after Philly carjacking & shooting
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One suspect is in police custody and another is in critical condition following a series of incidents in Philadelphia that included an armed carjacking, a robbery, and a shooting.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A crime spree spanning Center City Philadelphia unfolded Monday night, leaving two victims shaken and a suspect shot in the head.

It began around 9 p.m. at 7th and Callowhill. That's where police responded to a man slumped over in a grey Chevy Cruz, covered in blood.

"They found the male shot in the right side of his head, he was sitting inside of a Chevy," said Chief Inspector Scott Small. "Although he was shot in the head, he was still conscious, he was able to walk and talk."

Officers discovered a wallet in the man's pocket but the ID belonged to a 29-year-old carjacking victim, who was robbed on the 300 block of S. 10th Street at 5:50 p.m. earlier that day.

"(The victim) who was right outside of his car, two males walked up to him, put a gun to his head, forced him to the ground, took his wallet, took his phone and then took the vehicle," said Small.

But police say they aren't sure if the man shot in the head was the perpetrator of the carjacking.

"He's still going to be held as a suspect at this point, due to the fact that he was in a vehicle that was stolen," said Small.

Police then made another connection. After the first carjacking, another man was robbed at 18th and Vine streets around 8:50 p.m. Officers said the same Chevy Cruz pulled up, and two men got out and pointed a gun at the victim.

As the suspects demanded money and the victim's cell phone, the victim pulled out his own gun and shot at the suspects three times. The victim ran away, flagged a security guard down and called 911.

Police responded to the scene and discovered a 17-year-old, later discovered to be the offender. The teen claimed he and his brother were robbed and shot. However, the security guard walked up and told police that the teen was the real robber.

Police have arrested the 17-year-old but are not sure how they will charge him, whether that be as an adult or as a juvenile. The other suspect is still in the hospital in critical condition. His identity is unknown at this time.