November 8th, Philadelphia—A 20-year-old Temple University Student was mugged and shot around 1 a.m. last saturday on the 1500 block of 17th street, just a short walk from the university’s campus and two streets away from Temple’s Liacouras garage.
The student was standing outside of his home when an unidentified person approached him and revealed a silver handgun clipped onto his belt.
Instead of complying to the attacker’s demand for his money or attempting to flee, the victim charged at the perpetrator and attempted to hit him. Before he could reach him, the man withdrew the weapon and shot the student in the hip. Because of a party going on in the house behind them, no one inside heard the gunshot.
Police officials have confirmed that the assailant was a 5’8″ African American male between the ages of 21 and 26, and was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a red beanie.
A similar assault took place in the same area on two females about one and a half hours earlier that day. The suspect allegedly stole two cell phones and $30, but neither woman was physically injured.
Temple University’s police department immediately sent email alerts to all students, faculty and alumni describing the suspect and advising them to stay away from the area until told otherwise.
After undergoing surgery to remove the bullet at Hahnemann University Hospital, the victim is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
The suspect still has not been arrested and his identity remains unknown.