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Temple Student Recovering After Botched Robbery Attempt In N. Philadelphia, Suspect Arrested

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police have announced the arrest of a suspect in connection with the early morning robbery attempt and shooting of a Temple student.

The off-campus incident occurred in the 2300 block of North 12th Street, north of Dauphin Street early Monday morning.

According to sources, two Temple students were approached by a group of young males who demanded money just after about 2 a.m. When the teenager attempted to rob the two students, one of the Temple students, identified as 21-year-old Rob Eells, a native of Doylestown, pulled a licensed gun and there was an exchange of gunfire. One of the suspects, a 15-year-old, and Eells were shot.

Eells was taken to Temple University Hospital in critical condition; as of 7 p.m., authorities say he is stable. The teen suspect was also taken to Temple University Hospital where he was placed under arrest.

An advisory from Temple Police is warning people to avoid the area due to increased police activity while an investigation is ongoing.

Eells is said to be in intensive care, recovering.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Philadelphia police by dialing 9-1-1.

The identity of the teenager in custody, or any other suspects, have not been released in this case.

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