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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A neighborhood is on edge after a woman was brutally attacked in University City on Saturday morning. Philadelphia police say the manhunt is on to catch the person who sexually assaulted her at gunpoint inside her car.

Police say the rape happened shortly after 4 a.m. on the 3100 block of Walnut Street.

The 38-year-old victim had left a party and was looking through her purse while inside of her car when a man entered the vehicle with a gun and then raped her, police say.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 25 years old, with a goatee. He was wearing a black hoodie, black pants, and had a large build, according to police.

He fled in an unknown direction after the assault and the victim called 911.

Other women in the area are now on high alert.

“It’s sad,” said Ana Moreno of University City. “I didn’t even know that and I live so close.”

“My heart and my soul go out to her and her family,” another woman said. “The fact that she is still here is incredible. That’s what I speak to. There are so many good mental health providers who can provide her support to get through this.”

Police are hoping to get justice for the victim and find her rapist.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the rape and saw something suspicious.