WEST PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Police described the young man they're looking for after many gunshots rang out on two blocks of Market Street near a West Philadelphia fast-food restaurant overnight, from a semi-automatic weapon.
Late Thursday morning, they said they got to a wounded man’s home in the 100 block of S. Ruby Street and found the 30-year-old suffering from a single gunshot wound to his left forearm. He was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition.
Police said their preliminary investigation found he and another man were walking westbound on the south side of the 5200 block Market Street when they heard multiple gunshots.
Then, the victim realized he was struck, and both men ran to the victim’s home where they were met by police. The victim left a trail of blood.
Now, police say they’re looking for a young man, about 20 years old, 5’6” tall, with a thin build and brown complexion. He was wearing a black jacket and black skull cap, and had a red bandana in his rear pocket.
There were reportedly 14 shots fired at different locations. One was the Checkers restaurant on Market Street, east of 52nd, at about 2:20am.
FOX 29’s Steve Keeley reports at least 14 bullet casings were found and none of them were by the Checkers, where a door with essentially bulletproof glass was shattered, and that man told police he’d been shot.
Bullets also shattered the front door of another restaurant, Gaetano's Steaks, which is across 52nd Street -- on the west side -- and on the other side of Market from the Checkers, under the Market-Frankford El.
Luckily, that restaurant was closed at the time. There is a mess to clean up, but nobody was injured.
One bullet casing was found a few doors down from Gaetano's.
The other 13 casings were found about ten yards away, in the middle of the block.
Back at the Checkers, police had said that 30-year-old victim told police he heard gunfire while leaving the restaurant. Then, he realized he’d been shot in an arm by a stray bullet. He told police he wasn’t targeted because he wasn’t involved in anything, leaving them wondering who the bullets were intended for.
Police say the man may have eaten at the Checkers, but it was not near most of the casings, and could not be seen from there.
Police are hoping surveillance cameras on street poles will help put the pieces of this together.