Reporting Mark Abrams
By Mark Abrams and Diana Rocco
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A man is in the hospital after being shot in Society Hill early Monday morning when he resisted an attempt to steal his Jeep.
It happened just before 2 a.m. this morning near Second and Walnut Streets.
“I was really surprised it was in this particular area of town where there’s a lot of tourism and a lot of people of all walks of life,” Bob Moore of Society Hill said.
Police say the man had been in a local bar and left and walked to his Jeep parked nearby.
They say a couple of men walked up to him and demanded his keys.
Detectives say he put up a fight, and as he tried to run away, the attackers caught up with him, pistol-whipped him and shot him in the back.
“He was just trying to go to his car,” said Capt. George Fuchs. “[The victim] saw two males with hoodies, coming across the street at him, and he realized what was going to be happening.”
Police say the men then ran off without taking anything.
“Absolutely, I’m going to be cautious,” Mike O’Day of Northeast Philadelphia said.
“Very surprising to see it continuously happening like this so many times in the last few months,” Moore said.
The victim is a 23-year-old man who is in stable condition after coming through surgery earlier today at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He’s expected to be treated and released.
Police are now searching for the two suspects they believe are responsible.
Police say they will be checking surveillance cameras in the area to see if video captured this attack.