SEPTA police shoot suspect after deadly shooting in South Philadelphia

A police officer from SEPTA heard the first shots fired and gave chase to the suspect, shooting him twice in the legs, authorities said.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Police are investigating a deadly shooting in South Philadelphia Tuesday morning that ended with SEPTA officers chasing down a suspect and shooting him dead.

Investigators say the first shots fired before 8am on Broad and Ellsworth streets, near SEPTA tube station there.

Two officers in their SEPTA Transit Police vehicles heard the shots and identified a 41-year-old suspect who had just shot 10 times at a 20-year-old female victim.

SEPTA says the suspect tried to flee police by jumping into a vehicle and speeding down Ellsworth Street. SEPTA officers followed and located the man who crashed his vehicle on 11th Street.

According to SEPTA officers, the suspect pointed a gun at the officers and one of the officers fired three shots, hitting the suspect twice.

One of these bullets went through the window of a store on the corner of 11th and Ellsworth Streets. Down the block, police found the suspect’s gun on the street.

“That’s crazy. That’s the nail salon I go to,” said Julianna Vasick of South Philadelphia. “That’s crazy. It’s really sad because I don’t feel like there’s really much going on in that area.”

Police say the female victim was taken to Penn Presbyterian Hospital, where she died from her injuries. She had been shot 10 times in her entire body.

Sources tell Action News that the suspect had filed for a PFA against the man who assaulted her. It was granted at 2am. Six hours later, sources say, the woman was killed by the same man she was sheltering from.

According to SEPTA, both officers were not injured and are likely to be transferred to administrative duty while police investigate the shooting.

The suspect was taken to Jefferson Hospital where he was placed in stable condition.

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