South Philadelphia Airbnb shooting leads to police chase, crash

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – A shooting inside an Airbnb led to a chase and crash in south Philadelphia, police said.

The chaotic series of events began when a gunman fired seven shots at the Airbnb in the 2000 block of Titan Street in Point Breeze just after 10:30 p.m. Monday.

“Several bullets, at least four, went through the front door and at least one went through the front window of the property. This is where we believe the victim was inside this Airbnb when she was hit by gunfire, “Philadelphia Chief Inspector Scott Scott said. Petit said.

Police said the bloodied victim, 24, who was shot in the head, ran out of the back of the house, jumped a fence and reported a 17th district officer at the headquarters of the district.

The victim was able to tell the police where he was shot. He was taken to hospital in stable condition.

Officers arriving on Titan Street were met by several witnesses, police said.

“I heard the gunshots. Our whole block sort of was outside,” neighbor Jenna McCready said.

A witness across the street said a red Dodge Ram walked away from the scene of the shooting.

Police sent an alert for the truck. Several blocks away, officers from the 1st District spotted the vehicle and started chasing it.

The fleeing truck crashed into the back of a police patrol car on 25th and Ritner Streets, then spun and crashed into two cars parked in the 2700 block of South Daly Street.
Police said a 15-year-old and three men in their 20s got out of the truck and ran. Officers pursued the four suspects on foot and apprehended them.

Police said a semi-automatic weapon was recovered from the truck.

“We do not know at this time which of the four who fled on foot from the van is in fact the gunman, we are not sure at this time, but we believe that the vehicle and its occupants may have been involved as witnesses saw the van run away from Titan Street immediately after the shooting, ”Small said.

The truck is being detained in connection with the crime scene. The four were transferred to South Detectives where they were questioned.

Small said there were surveillance cameras on Titan Street that could help with the investigation.

“We are shocked at the reported violence and the apparent disregard for the safety of the community. We have removed the booking guest from the platform and we are working to support our host who has been affected by this reckless violence. We are also ready to support the Philadelphia PD in their investigation and are grateful that no officer was injured in the pursuit, ”Airbnb said in a statement.

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