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Quick-Thinking Guard Saves Teen, Family From Gunman In Germantown

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By Jenn Bernstein

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was an intense few moments at the APlus Sunoco at the intersection of Queen and Green Lane in Germantown around 12:30 Friday morning.

“I was working on the register, the guy came in running, jumping saying, ‘I got shot, I got shot,’” said store clerk Waseem Shaheen.

A 17-year-old found himself seeking protection, after police say he was shot four times in the groin.

Inside was security guard Dell Richardson, store clerk Waseem Shaheem, as well as several customers, including a family.

“The baby was right by the door, the couple was right by the door when the guy came in,” said Richardson. “He just ran past everybody, nobody knew what was going on.”

It was quick thinking by Richardson that kept everyone else out of harm’s way, and the victim from possibly being shot again, after a customer saw a man outside holding a gun.

“I just locked the door off … making sure everybody was going to be alright,” said Richardson.

The customer then saw the gunman run away.

Police are hoping the entire incident was caught on surveillance cameras.

“There’s cameras both inside where the victim ran and there’s cameras outside,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. “Hopefully the cameras recorded something that can help with our investigation.”

The victim was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center in critical, but stable condition.

Police do not know the motive behind the shooting.

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