Man shot in South Philly after refusing to hand over cell phone

Philadelphia crime scene unit
A man was shot on the 1600 block of South Seventh Street on Wednesday morning after he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.
Credit: Metro file photo

A 26-year-old South Philly resident was shot in his left shoulder after he refused to hand over his cell phone to an armed robber early Wednesday morning.

The shooting happened about 6:30 a.m. on the 1600 block of South Seventh Street, according to Philadelphia Police Department spokeswoman Officer Christine O’Brien.

The victim was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

The armed robber reportedly approached the victim and demanded the man hand over his cell phone. Two gunshots discharged from the robber’s firearm during a brief struggle after the victim refused to surrender the phone.

The victim told police the suspect fired several more shots at him as he attempted to get inside his residence. He was unsure if he was shot during the struggle or as he escaped the robber.

O’Brien described the suspect as a thin, black male, 16 to 18 years old, and about 160 pounds. He was clean-shaven.


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