N. Philly man shot chasing down purse snatcher

Posted: February 02, 2014

A NORTH Philadelphia woman is still reeling after a punk shot her boyfriend in front of her, an attack that she says was over a few measly dollars.

The victim, whom a police source confirmed to be Derrick Moye, 24, was shot once in the chest at 11:53 p.m. Thursday on Lehigh Avenue near 27th Street as he chased down the man who snatched a wallet out of the hands of his girlfriend, whose name the Daily News is withholding at her request.

The woman said the shot was fired by the purse snatcher's accomplice, who was waiting outside a nearby bar.

"He just ran up on [Moye] and shot him," the woman said last night in her home on 7th Street near Susquehanna Avenue. "I was terrified, shocked. I didn't know what to do."

Moye was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he remained in critical but stable condition last night. His girlfriend said she had spoken to him earlier in the day and that he was "OK."

She said the incident was random: The purse snatcher was waiting on the street just feet from the door to Moye's apartment.

It was clear, she said, that he was on the hunt for potential victims, and that he was only interested in money - he kept the cash and discarded her wallet as he fled.

After shooting Moye, the gunman followed his accomplice down Lehigh Avenue, she said.

"I just hope that they catch him," she said. "I'm really making sure of that."

Police yesterday arrested two suspects in connection to the theft and shooting, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. Charges had not been approved last night.

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