Man critical after near-campus shooting

UPDATED: 11:00 a.m., Jan. 23, 2009 A 25-year-old male is in critical condition after a shooting at the corner of Broad and Susquehanna streets. Philadelphia Police told The Temple News that a black male was

Blood marks the scene were a 25-year-old male was shot outside Crown Fried Chicken on North Broad Street (Kevin Cook/TTN)

UPDATED: 11:00 a.m., Jan. 23, 2009

A 25-year-old male is in critical condition after a shooting at the corner of Broad and Susquehanna streets.

Philadelphia Police told The Temple News that a black male was shot at approximately 10:45 p.m. Thursday near Crown Fried Chicken, located across the street from White Hall, a Temple dorm.

The victim was shot in both legs and entered surgery early Friday morning. He is reported in critical condition at Temple Hospital, police said.

Surveillance cameras captured the altercation between at least two people, but the shooting wasn’t captured. As of Friday morning at 11 a.m., police have no suspects and no warrants for arrest.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing a group of four black males in their 30s at the scene.

Kalima Thomas, a senior journalism major, lives above the Peking Chinese restaurant near Crown Fried Chicken. She said she heard shots from her apartment. When she looked out her window, she saw three men fleeing the scene, running west down Susquehanna, she said.

Thomas said she saw one male bleeding from the lower body, appearing lifeless. Moments later, police responded to the location and Thomas went back to her apartment.

The victim was loaded onto a gurney and put into an ambulance.

As helicopters circled the surrounding blocks in search of the suspects, Thomas said she witnessed two of the three men being escorted back on Susquehanna Avenue in handcuffs to the squad cars.

However, Philadelphia Police said made no arrests at the scene.

At least three other Temple students have also claimed to witness the shooting from the steps of White Hall. The students said they saw an altercation among a group of males which led to one pulling a gun on another.

They said they heard four or five shots as they ducked for cover in the vestibule of the residence hall.

Matthew D. Wargo can be reached at Chris Stover contributed to this report.


  1. “off-campus,” hahahahahaha, my mom is sure going to be glad when I move down 3 blocks from where that happened.

  2. Because they don’t send TU Alerts except to test them. That way, they can tell all the students going on a tour of the campus about their fancy emergency alert system that they test on a regular basis-but they can’t be bothered to protect their own students when it comes down to it.

  3. I basically saw it happen. I don’t know why they didn’t send anything out, it was pretty much on campus and there were guys with guns in the area, a guy bleeding on the ground feet away from students, I’m dissapointed. If I wasn’t there I would have liked to recieve an alert.

  4. if you look this up on any other news site there is NOTHING to be found. the closest thing to it is the story on the abc news website talking about a male in his 20s got shot and was left in critical condition at 830 thursday night on 8th and diamond.

    im willing to make a bet that Temple paid them off so this campus didnt seem so bad

    unbelievable.. and yea. i heard the shots too

  5. I agree with “Student”. TU security can go about boasting their alert system and security but they don’t do shit to allow students on campus know about recent shootings… especially when the site was only a block away. Only a very small scale of students would know of any of these neighborhood happenstances by word of mouth.

    seriously, everyday I would go outside of my dorm turn my head and glance at the exact spot where the pictures showed the blood marks.

    so how’s about putting security guards inside of the SEPTA stations too?

  6. I concur. TU Alert? It was within the boundaries of the campus. I think….I want my money back 🙂 JK.

  7. Sooooooooooooooo glad I transferred. I’m not a fan of shootings outside my apartment, thank you very much.

  8. I am not sure why this happened, but do you think it is safe to be on the streets at night? How much protection can we expect from TU security. I think they would have sent the TU alert, do you. Haven’t they sent the alert in the past………..

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