Police Search For Teen Suspect In Shooting Of Good Samaritan In Rittenhouse Square

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A warrant has been issued for a 17-year-old from South Philadelphia, suspected in the shooting a 39-year-old man who tried to thwart a robbery Tuesday night in Rittenhouse Square.

“He knows the actual victims he was attempting to rob, and they know him,” said Lt. John Stanford, “which made it easy for our investigators to get an identification on the 17-year-old responsible for this.”

Lt. Stanford says detectives got a warrant, but the teen wasn’t home Wednesday morning when they went to arrest him. But his parents were. Stanford says they were very cooperative.

“In doing so, executing that warrant, they actually made contact with the parents, who are cooperating very much so with investigators, not happy that their son is involved in a situation like this,” he said. “We’re hoping in terms of having that communication with the parents, as well as our folks out there continuing to look for this young man, that we’ll be able to get him in custody very soon.”

Stanford says they’re looking for at least one other suspect. The victim, shot multiple times, remained hospitalized Wednesday evening.

“The last that I heard was that he was upgraded to stable condition, which is a good thing, being shot multiple times,” Stanford said. “I believe he was shot five times. (He) is very lucky, and very blessed to be alive.”

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