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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Chris Stover contributed to this report.