New details have emerged about the street-fight-turned-shooting in Society Hill Monday night, as police released surveillance footage and the victim, 46, who remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition, is now able to communicate with investigators by squeezing their hands.
“It’s troubling to us because we’re not sure why it happened,” Lt. Ray Evers said yesterday afternoon. “They didn’t go through his pockets and nothing was taken.”
Video of the crime shows the victim encountering two white men walking westbound on the 400 block of Pine Street. Evers said that there does not appear to have been enough time for words to have been exchanged before the first punch was thrown. “As you can see from the video, it happened almost spontaneously,” he said.
“We believe the complainant was getting the best of the two males and that they probably shot the male while he was on the ground,” he said.
Evers said that investigators believe the suspects may have been at a bar or restaurant in the area before the incident because of its timing.
“[Society Hill] is a very, very nice area,” he said. “We don’t have many crimes like this. … It’s odd that it happened in that area at that time.”
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The man fought back in what Evers called a “vicious battle” that turned into a “long struggle.”
“We are trying to get the video out to as many people in the area because we believe [the gunmen] may have been in a bar or restaurant at that area because of the time,” he added, saying that they were possibly watching the Eagles game on South Street.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Central Detective Division at (215) 686-3193 or (215) 686-3194.