Lyft driver shot during robbery in Germantown

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A Lyft driver was shot in the chest early Monday morning during an attempted robbery in Germantown, investigators said.

The driver, a 45-year-old man, was waiting for his next pick-up just before 2:45 a.m. near Wayne Avenue and Zerelda Street when a vehicle pulled up and people inside asked for directions to the nearest gas station.

After he spoke with them, their car left, but they drove past him again, according to authorities. When the vehicle circled back a third time, two men jumped out and announced a robbery.

Police said the victim began fighting with the attackers, one of whom fired a shot that went through his left hand and into his chest.

He was rushed to Einstein Medical Center, where he was in critical but stable condition, according to police.

The suspects, described as three men, drove off toward Berkley Street, investigators said.

In other news, three people were arrested after a teenage boy was allegedly abducted and beaten early Monday morning in Northeast Philadelphia.

Police said the victim, a 17-year-old boy, was taken from his family’s house on the 6600 block of Tabor Avenue in Lawndale. He was able to call his father and tell him he was being held inside a house not far away on the 6200 block of Trotter Street, investigators said.

Authorities declared a barricade situation, and the suspects surrendered at around 3 a.m. The boy had serious injuries to his face and feet, but he is expected to physically recover, according to police.

He knew the abductors, according to multiple reports. Police have not released information about the suspects.

At around 2:15 p.m. Monday, a 23-year-old man was killed and a 26-year-old man was wounded when someone opened fire on the 1600 block of W. Nedro Avenue in the Ogontz neighborhood of North Philadelphia, authorities said.

No arrests were made in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

Later in the day, at around 4 p.m., two men were hospitalized after shots rang out on the 3800 block of Wallace Street in the Mantua neighborhood.

Police said a 24-year-old man was shot in the leg and transported Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in stable condition. The other victim, a 22-year-old man, was shot in the back. His condition was not immediately known.

Officers spoke to a 28-year-old man just after 9 a.m. Monday morning who said he had been shot hours earlier near the corner of Broad Street and Windrim Avenue in Logan.

The man drove himself to Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. He told police the shooting occurred at around 2 a.m.

Detectives did not recover evidence at the Broad Street intersection, but they did find blood at his house, according to investigators.

Those incidents followed a weekend during which three people were killed and 22 others were wounded in shootings.

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