Pharmacist critically wounded in Society Hill shooting

Lawrence Street as seen from Pine Street near 4th Street in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia. This was the scene of a Monday night shooting that sent one man to the hospital after an alleged attempted robbery.
Lawrence Street as seen from Pine Street near 4th Street in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia. This was the scene of a Monday night shooting that sent one man to the hospital after an alleged attempted robbery. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer)
Posted: May 01, 2013

A neighborhood pharmacist was critically wounded in a shooting during a possible robbery Monday night in the city's Society Hill section, police said.

Police said the shooting occurred about 9:50 p.m. on Lawrence Street north of Pine Street. The victim was transported by police to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

A resident who asked to be identified only by his first name, Rob, said he heard yelling outside his house and then a loud pop.

He looked outside and saw "the victim was lying flat" on the ground and a man in a hoodie was running north on Lawrence toward Spruce Street.

The resident said he called 911 and went to the aid of the victim, who was in his 40s and had been shot in the upper chest near his left shoulder.

"He said he was having trouble breathing," the resident said.

Once police arrived, a neighbor got into the cruiser with the victim to maintain pressure on the gunshot wound during the short drive to the hospital, Rob said.

Residents said they recognized the victim as a pharmacist at a nearby CVS.

Police reported no arrest.

Darren Rogers, 46, was paralyzed after being shot on Lawrence near Pine in November 2011. Last July, Michael G. Hagan Jr., 32, was shot and killed during a robbery at Fourth and Lombard Streets.


Contact Robert Moran at 215-854-5983, or bmoran@phillynews.com, or follow @RobertMoran215 on Twitter.

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