Gunman approaches couple out for early walk in Holmesburg, shoots man in leg

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Man out for early morning walk shot in Holmesburg: Police
Police say the suspect opened fire on a couple out for an early morning walk in Holmesburg. A 39-year-old man was shot once in the leg.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A man out for a walk early Wednesday morning was shot in the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia.

Police say a gunman started firing in the direction of a couple, a 39-year-old man and 42-year-old woman, around 1 a.m. along the Pennypack Creek Bridge, near a strip mall at Ashburner and Walker streets.

Police say at least nine shots were fired.

The man was shot once in the leg. The woman was not injured.

Officers were nearby on patrol and heard rapid gunfire, police say. They ran to the scene and found the victim.

He was taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in stable condition.

Police say both are licensed gun owners and were armed at the time. However, neither returned fire.

Police say the couple "showed huge restraint" and fled the area.

The couple told police they go on this same walk every night.

It's unclear at this time what led to the shooting.

Police are searching for surveillance cameras to help in their investigation.