Warrant issued for teenage suspect in Rittenhouse shooting

- A warrant has been issued for a 17-year-old male after police say he attempted to rob a group of people in Rittenhouse Square, then shot a Good Samaritan who tried to intervene.

The incident occurred just before 10:00 p.m. in the popular Center City park.

The 39-year-old Good Samaritan man was shot multiple times when police say he tried to interrupt the robbery late Tuesday night.

Police say the man was on his bike selling water in the park when he saw a robbery in progress and stepped in to try and break up the robbery.

Chief Inspector Scott Small says the man intervened and said something along the lines of "You are not going to rob these people. What are you doing?"

The Good Samaritan became a victim when the suspects shot him five times during his intervention.

He was taken to Hahnemann Hospital by responding officers and is expected to be survive despite gunshot wounds to the shoulder, chest, and torso. He is listed in critical but stable condition.

Several witnesses, including the five robbery victims were present and surveillance camera captured the incident.

Chief Inspector Small says the shooter and the person he was with are known to the area and to the robbery victims by a nickname, which police have not released at this time. The shooter has been described as a juvenile. 

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

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