PHILADELPHIA (UKTN) — A man has died after a mid-rush hour car accident along Broad Street in North Philadelphia escalated into a gunfight. The shooting took place just a few feet from the entrance to the main campus of Temple University Hospital and Shriner’s Hospital.
One of the victims is detained at the police station. Witnesses say he was at least one of the gunmen.
“There was some sort of argument or altercation and then shots were fired,” Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
A three-car fender bender near Broad and Venango Streets on Tuesday just after 5 p.m. was fatal when at least one of the drivers pulled out a handgun and fired shots at another driver involved.
“They initially found a 32-year-old man lying on the highway in the northbound lanes of Broad Street,” Small said. “He was shot in the chest at least once, maybe twice.”
Police took the 32-year-old to Temple University Hospital in critical condition. He died a short time later from his injuries.
“During the investigation into the crime scene,” said Small, “a second shooting victim, a 38-year-old man, drove himself to Temple Hospital.”
That man was shot once in the leg but is stable. Witnesses told police he had a weapon.
“Right now we’re holding him as a suspect,” Small said, “although he’s being treated at Temple Hospital.”
The third driver, a 33-year-old woman, was not involved in the fight.
Police said she got out of her car before gunfire broke out, a decision that may have saved her life.
“Her vehicle was hit where a bullet went through the driver’s door,” said Small, “the center of her driver’s door went right through it. Luckily she got out of the car after the accident.”
Officials are now checking surveillance cameras from the area, thankful no one else was injured.
“You have Temple University Hospital nearby,” said Small, “Temple University students nearby. There are multiple companies, so it could have been a lot worse.”
Police are not looking for any more suspects. It is not yet clear whether the deceased man had a weapon.
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