Just hours after police tackle sudden carjacking in Philadelphia, a legally armed man turned the tables on an armed teenager trying to steal his car, leaving the suspect in critical condition following a shootout.
The challenge begins around 7:30 p.m. Thursday along the 6500 block of Cherokee Street. A 60-year-old man was leaving his vehicle when he was approached by an armed 16-year-old boy and a second suspect.
The teen pointed a gun at the man and demanded his keys. The man then drew his own weapon and the two fired a total of 17 rounds at each other.
The teenager was shot multiple times and fled the scene inside a jeep. Notably, the 60-year-old was not attacked in the shooting despite being aimed directly in the face by the teenager, according to investigators.
“He actually had gun residue on his face. On his cheek,” Philadelphia Police Chief Scott Small said. “He’s very, very lucky.”
While the man spoke to first responders, police received a 911 call reporting a victim of a shooting incident nearby on the 6700 block of Germantown Avenue. Upon arrival, they found a 16-year-old boy inside the jeep with gunshot wounds in both legs and a wound in the chest.
The boy was taken to Einstein Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition. The 60-year-old identified the teenager as the suspect who tried to break into him. Police have yet to locate a second suspect and plan to collect surveillance video from a nearby home as they continue to investigate.
Police also recovered a teenage suspect’s weapon on the street. Sheriff Small told NBC10 that the jeep the boy was found in was stolen in another carjacking over the weekend.
“We’ve had a large number of car robberies so far this year and police and detectives are doing their best to recover the cars,” Small said. “We’ve recovered a number of cars and we’ve made a number of arrests. We’re trying to determine if this is a group or a number of groups of individuals who are carrying out these same robberies or not. Are not. “
Shortly before 10 p.m., a suspect crashed his vehicle on Roosevelt Avenue near 6th Street while being pursued by police. Investigators say the suspect was wanted for a previous carjacking.
Both incidents come hours after police tackled a spike in carjackings that occurred in Philadelphia to kick off the new year. While there were 750 carjackings in Philadelphia in 2021, there were 90 in the city just 13 days in 2022.
“The numbers are higher than they were last year so this is a continuing problem,” said Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Ben Naish.
So far, police have arrested seven carjacking suspects this year, though only four remain in custody.
“We have identified many individuals responsible but we are working to identify more and put those responsible in prison to control this trend,” Naish said.
Naish said many of the suspects are young people who believe they will take it easy. A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Jane Roh, told NBC10 that less than half of the people arrested for carjacking in the city in 2021 are minors.
Overall, thefts have increased significantly over the past five years, in Philly and in jurisdictions across the United States, Roh writes.
Roh also provides data on carjacking arrests and charges in Philadelphia between 2017 and 2021.
Most of Philadelphia’s recent carjackings have involved guns, such as the two famous last year, one in which Temple University student Sam Collington was killed in North Philadelphia and the other in it Congressman Mary Gay Scanlon of Pennsylvania was robbed in South Philadelphia.
Corey Jones, a retired police officer who now runs a safety consulting firm, told NBC10: “Victims are almost always caught off guard. “We’re in a car, a place where we believe we have safety so we don’t look around.”
Jones advises people to always be aware of their surroundings and also to think ahead of time about what they will be doing in the moment, especially if they have children or pets.
Philadelphia police say they are deploying targeted patrols of uniformed and plainclothes officers and are also seeking state and federal assistance to address the issue.
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