By Syma Chowdhry, Andrew Kramer
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police say a man is dead after he was shot multiple times in a car, then drove into an abandoned home late Wednesday night in North Philadelphia.
This happened just before midnight on the 1600 block of Seybert Street.
Police say when paramedics arrived to the scene, they found the victim, said to be in his 20’s or 30’s, unconscious in the driver seat of a 2008 Hyundai that had just crashed into an abandoned property — which then came crashing down on the car.
The victim had to be pulled out of the vehicle, which was heavily covered in bricks.
“Hundreds of bricks and the front of the building collapsed onto this vehicle,” Chief Inspector Scott Small says. “Fire department, paramedics and police had to struggle to get this unconscious male out of the driver’s seat of the vehicle. They pulled him out through the passenger side window because they vehicle was so heavily covered by bricks and debris.”
Once first responders pulled the man out of the car they noticed he was shot multiple times and pronounced him dead at the scene just after midnight.
“Fire department, paramedics then realized that this victim was shot at least four times,” Small says. “Once in the face, twice in his left shoulder and twice in the back.”
Police say the also found 18 shell casings about 100 feet west of the crash site, leading them to believe the victim was inside the car when he was shot, then backed into the building in his panic to escape.
Homicide detectives are investigating along with CSI officers. L&I officials are on the scene as well because the building is now considered a hazard..
Police say several nearby businesses and homes have surveillance cameras, which they will review in hopes of identifying the shooter.
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