Man Gunned Down During Robbery In South Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a man was killed on a South Philadelphia street after someone tried to steal the backpack he was wearing and then shot him.

Investigators say the suspect rode up on a bicycle to a 22-year-old man walking with a friend near 8th and Watkins Streets at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday and demanded the backpack.

Police said a struggle began over the backpack and several shots were fired, hitting the victim in the back.

Authorities said the gunman took off on foot, leaving the bicycle behind. The victim was rushed to Jefferson University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

Police are also investigating a pair of shootings in North Philadelphia that killed one man and sent another to the hospital in critical condition.

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