Philadelphia carjackers shot by legally armed drivers 3 separate times so far in 2022

A teenage attempted carjacker was shot and critically injured in Philadelphia after he allegedly tried to steal the vehicle of a legally armed driver, according to a local affiliate report.

Thursday marked the third time since the start of 2022 that an alleged carjacker was wounded by a legal gun owner, FOX 29 reported. According to local media, two attempted carjackers approached the 60-year-old driver around 8 p.m. local time on Cherokee Street in Mount Airy. 

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The man had been in the process of exiting his car when the young suspects pointed a firearm at his head and ordered him to hand over the car keys, the report states. But instead, the driver also brandished a gun and the groups exchanged fire. 

One of the suspects was wounded, and the pair fled after more than a dozen shots were fired between both sides, FOX 29 reported. Police later caught up to the suspect three blocks away, where they found the would-be carjacker, 16, inside a stolen Jeep with a bleeding leg wound, police told the news station. 

The victim positively identified the boy as the armed attempted carjacker. He was taken to an area hospital with critical injuries. 

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(FOX29 Philadelphia WTXF)

Police confirmed to FOX 29 that the victim was a legal gun owner. 

“He wasn’t hurt, but there’s gunshot residue to his face,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters about the victim. “Just a matter of inches. He could have been or would have been struck by gunfire and possibly killed. So he’s very lucky.”

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Earlier this year, a ride-share driver shot two armed carjackers who tried to steal his vehicle while he and a customer were inside, according to the report. Both the driver and his passenger were able to get out of the vehicle before it was stolen. 

And in a separate incident, a legally armed health care worker shot someone who he believed was trying to carjack him, FOX 29 reported. The man was sitting inside his vehicle when the 18-year-old suspect approached the driver’s side and flashed a gun.  The man reportedly shot the suspect through his car window before he ran off. 

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Philadelphia Police have received 90 reports of carjackings in 2022 so far, the news station reported. And police said carjackings increased 34% in 2021 compared to 2020. 

On Wednesday, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw called the uptick in carjackings “one of the more disturbing trends that we have seen.”

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