Northeast Times

Shootout wounds one in Frankford

A Frank­ford street turned in­to the OK Cor­ral on Fri­day night as an ar­gu­ment sparked a shootout that left one man wounded crit­ic­ally and left dozens of empty shell cas­ings strewn across the pave­ment.

The vi­ol­ence oc­curred at about 9:33 p.m. on the 5300 block of Lesh­er St., said Lt. Den­nis Rosen­baum of North­east De­tect­ives. The loc­a­tion is two blocks from SEPTA’s Frank­ford Trans­port­a­tion Cen­ter. In­vest­ig­at­ors aren’t sure what sparked the quar­rel between a 32-year-old man and an ac­quaint­ance. But when the oth­er man pulled a gun and began shoot­ing, the 32-year-old went for his own gun, which he has a li­cense to carry, Rosen­baum said.

The 32-year-old suffered wounds of the neck and back. The oth­er man fled. Para­med­ics took the 32-year-old to Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al, where he un­der­went emer­gency sur­gery. The oth­er man was not wounded. Po­lice learned his iden­tity and ar­res­ted him the fol­low­ing morn­ing. Crim­in­al charges are pending. Po­lice have not re­leased the names of either man.

Crime scene in­vest­ig­at­ors found about 30 spent cart­ridges at the scene. Some of the shots struck houses on the block, Rosen­baum said. ••

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