By Greg Argos

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The search is on for multiple suspects after police say a man was deliberately run over in Philadelphia.

“To see this car ram into a person, run them over and then back up and run them over again and slowly drive off while the person is squirming on the ground is horrifying case,’” said Lt. John Walker, with the Philadelphia Police Department.

It all happened at the corner of 56th Street and Wyalusing Ave.

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Walker says the van stops around 4:30 p.m. on October 24 when words are exchanged between a male passenger who exits and the 25-year-old victim.

“That male we want to speak to, we believe he’s approaching this male to probably fight the person,” said Walker.

Then the van lurches forward. Its driver, who police say is a woman, along with another woman in the front passenger seat, run over the victim and drive off as the victim lays writhing on the ground.

“The victim denies knowing anyone in the car at this point, so we’re not sure if it’s a case of mistaken identity,” Walker said.

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Investigators believe the van is a dark blue or burgundy Dodge Caravan or Chrysler Town and Country.

The victim suffered a broken leg and is expected to recover.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.