PHILADELPHIA, PA – In Philadelphia’s Oxford Circle neighborhood, a 48-year-old man was shot during a gun battle with an attempted robbery suspect. The incident, which occurred around 7 p.m. last Thursday on the 6100 block of Shisler Street, was captured on surveillance video, including the sound of gunshots.
The victim reported to police that he was exiting his vehicle when approached by four masked men. One of the suspects, armed with a gun, pointed it at the victim. In response, the victim, who legally carries a firearm, fired four shots at the suspect.
During the exchange, the suspect returned fire, hitting the victim in the hip. He was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition. The suspects managed to flee the scene, and it is currently unknown if any were injured in the shootout.
Philadelphia police have obtained surveillance footage of the incident and are actively seeking information on the four suspects. They urge anyone with information to contact them at 215-686-TIPS.
This incident highlights the dangerous and unpredictable nature of armed confrontations. Even for those legally carrying firearms for self-defense, such situations can quickly escalate, leading to injury or worse. It underscores the importance of being prepared, not just in terms of carrying a weapon but also in knowing how to react under pressure.