Man in custody after victim gunned down near Frankford Transportation Center

FRANKFORD (WPVI) -- A man is in police custody for questioning after a 22-year-old was gunned down near the Frankford Transportation Center.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Frankford Avenue near Pratt Street.

"This clearly was an execution-type shooting, with this victim right now clinging to life," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Police say the gunman fired at close range at a 22-year-old man who was standing on a crowded street corner.

Bullets pierced his torso, back, and both arms and legs.

The victim was rushed by police to Temple University Hospital in critical condition.

"Tens of thousands of people will utilize this SEPTA hub just on the p.m. rush hour on a Wednesday afternoon, so it's really unusual and really brazen for this individual to come and shoot someone at least seven times in broad daylight in front of thousands of people," said Small.

A block away, police searched for the gunman after tips led them to a home.

"We made a non-forcible entry. Once inside, we did observe a male. To the homeowner's knowledge no one was inside. We found a male inside," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan.

Police say the man taken into custody didn't have a weapon on him, but is being held for questioning.

"As tragic as it is that a young man is now fighting for his life, it certainly could have been a lot worst. It's just an absolutely reprehensible act. To randomly be firing into a crowded street at that time of the day," said Sullivan.
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