PHILADELPHIA - A man is in extremely critical condition after Philadelphia police say he was shot onboard a SEPTA bus near City Hall Thursday early morning.
The shooting happened around 1 a.m. as the bus was near Chestnut Street and South Broad Street.
Police say a 29-year-old man was shot once and point-blank range in the left side of his chest. Medics rushed the victim to nearby Jefferson hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
According to police, the bus was heading south on Broad Street, about to cross Chestnut Street, when the bus driver heard what sounded like three to four gunshots.
There were about 15 other passengers on the bus at the time of the shooting, and authorities say they all ran toward the front when the shots were fired. The bus came to a stop on the 100 block of South Broad Street and the driver opened the doors.
All of the other passengers fled from the bus as the doors opened and left the area.
The bus driver then walked to the back of the bus, found the victim lying on the floor and called 9-1-1.
One spent shell casing was found on the floor of the bus, along with a loaded clip.
A second spent shell casing was found next to the bus on South Broad Street, after investigators say they believe it was kicked off the bus by fleeing passengers.
Philadelphia and SEPTA police are continuing to search for the suspected gunman.
Investigators say they are combing through surveillance video from the bus in an attempt to identify the suspect.
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