Robber shoots deaf man in Kensington

Philadelphia police were are guarding a shooting scene along the 1800 block of East Thayer Street in the Kensington section of the city on Tuesday morning, Sept. 25, 2012. The victim is deaf and may not have heard the attackers. (Alejandro A. Alvarez / Staff Photographer)
Philadelphia police were are guarding a shooting scene along the 1800 block of East Thayer Street in the Kensington section of the city on Tuesday morning, Sept. 25, 2012. The victim is deaf and may not have heard the attackers. (Alejandro A. Alvarez / Staff Photographer)
Posted: September 26, 2012

A 27-year-old deaf man was shot and critically wounded this morning when he apparently did not respond fast enough to a robber's demand for money in Kensington, police said.

The victim was sitting on the stoop of his residence on the 1800 block of East Thayer Street about 4:30 a.m. when the gunman approached and announced the robbery, robbery.

The man did not respond immediately and the gunman fired once, hitting the victim in the stomach.

He was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was reported in critical but stable condition.

Neigborhood residents identified the victim as Isaiah Durham, a neighborhood fixture known to ride his bicycle at night.

Police said the gunman fled in a gold car, possibly a Chevrolet Impala.

The assailant was described as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, about 5-feet, 10-inches tall with facial hair.

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