Good Samaritan shot during Feltonville carjacking, police say; 2 suspects sought

According to police, the victim had stopped because it looked like people needed help on the side of the road.

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Police say the victim was shot in the back during a struggle.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A good Samaritan was shot and wounded during a carjacking late Tuesday night in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia, police say.

It happened on West Roosevelt Boulevard by 4th Street around 10:45 p.m.

According to police, the 43-year-old male victim had been driving his Mercedes in the northbound outer lanes when he was flagged down by people on the side of the road who appeared to need assistance.

Instead, police say, those same people approached the driver with guns. There was a struggle and the victim was shot in the back.

The two male suspects then got into the man's Mercedes and took off northbound on the 400 block of Roosevelt Boulevard.

There has been a surge in carjackings across Philadelphia in 2022. A 6abc analysis shows 1,298 reported so far this year. That's a 64% increase over 2021.

"Just for a car, that's awful," said Desiree Eubanks. She lives in North Philadelphia and carries a gun with her because she is concerned about the crime.

"It's because a little bit of everything. Not one thing, everything," she said.

In the latest crime Tuesday night, police have not made any arrests.

The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

The stolen vehicle is a white 2015 Mercedes Benz with a Pennsylvania license LLH-4129.

Philadelphia police are looking for surveillance video to get more detailed descriptions of the two suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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