SWAT team responds to report of gunshots in Northern Liberties

- A vacant apartment building under construction on the 100 block of Spring Garden turned into a crime scene this evening when Philadelphia police got a call from three men doing renovations.

"They were inside the building when they heard three gunshots and they believe that the gunshots came from inside of the building," said Chief Inspector Scott Small.  SWAT showed up to go floor by floor in the five story building but didn't find anyone.  Police say they did notice an open window with two bullet strike marks on it.  Then a twist in the investigation involving a woman who works at a business in the Plaza at Spring Garden across the street.

"She was getting into her car in the parking lot when she heard three gunshots then she realized that her vehicle was shot two times by gunfire. As a matter of fact the two strike marks in the car were on the driver’s side," said Chief Inspector Small.  Police say the woman owns Delilah's nightclub in the shopping center.  Security guards lined up in the lot to try and keep media off the property.  Police say one bullet went through the driver’s side windshield and the other through the front corner.  The woman was just inches away from where the bullets hit her car. She wasn’t hurt.

"The woman was definitely shaken up. She was scared," said Chief Inspector Small.

Police aren’t sure if the woman was the intended target but say it’s a possibility.  Central Detectives is handling the investigation.  They will be looking for video from surveillance cameras at businesses in the area for any clues.




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