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Would-Be Car Thief Shot By Armed Citizen In Northeast Philly

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — An 18-year-old male sustained four gunshot wounds during an exchange of gunfire with a car owner, as he allegedly attempted to steal a Toyota sedan in Northeast Philadelphia, according to local authorities.

The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday on the 4400 block of Princeton Avenue, according to NBC Philadelphia.

The young man and another suspect were inside the car when the 26-year-old vehicle owner, alerted by the noise, emerged from his residence armed with a firearm.

As the 18-year-old, also armed, exited the car, a gun battle ensued between the two individuals.

Authorities have not determined who fired the first shot, but they confirmed that at least 13 shots were exchanged during the altercation.

The 18-year-old, injured by four bullets, managed to flee on foot before collapsing a block away on the 7100 block of Cottage Street.

He was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The car owner was unharmed during the incident.

A stray bullet from the shootout penetrated the kitchen of a nearby home on Cottage Street, though no injuries were reported.

It remains unclear whether the 18-year-old or the car owner fired the stray bullet. The second suspect, who had remained in the Toyota, escaped by driving away during the gunfight but later crashed into a wall on the 4500 block of Princeton Avenue.

He fled the scene on foot and has yet to be identified.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small confirmed that the car owner, who has a valid permit to carry a firearm, is cooperating with the investigation.

The police have not disclosed if the car owner will face any charges. A mask and a gun were discovered near the injured 18-year-old at the scene.

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