Investigators examine the victim’s SUV at the crime scene on Rubicam Street near East Collom Street in East Germantown early Monday morning, after a police detective shot at men suspected in connection with a carjacking in North Philadelphia earlier in the evening.
According to police, an armed group of men jumped into the victim’s red SUV near Broad Street and Allegheny Avenue in North Philadelphia and forced the victim to drive to an apartment complex at Rubicam Street and East Collom Street.
Police said the gunmen had the man on the ground at gunpoint when a detective from Northwest Detectives Division witnessed the men pointing a gun at the man.
According to investigators the detective fired nine times when the men pointed their weapons as they fled to and drove off in the SUV they had stolen. Police located the red SUV two blocks away unoccupied.
Police were treating two men as suspects after they turned up with gunshot wounds in separate suburban hospitals, Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland and Abington memorial Hospital.
The detective involved in the incident was en route to another shooting scene, at East Ashmead Street and Magnolia Street at the time. Gun Crisis Reporting Project co-founder Joseph Kaczmarek was at the first shooting scene with police officers when they heard the detective’s gunfire and scrambled for cover.
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