South Philly man shot, abducted on 49th and Springfield

Posted on 09 December 2013

A 38-year-old man was shot and abducted Sunday night near 49th and Springfield, according to various reports. Police say the man, a South Philadelphia resident, was driving in the area last night (around 10 p.m., according to a neighbor report), when a group of men traveling in a white van marked “Soft Touch Cleaning Service” opened fire on him.

The man’s car crashed into a utility pole. The men allegedly jumped out of the van, bound the victim with duct tape and drove him to Northeast Philadelphia where he was shot again and robbed, ABC6 is reporting. The man was found around 11:30 p.m. lying in the street on the 7500 block of Summerdale Ave in Northeast Philly, according to He was transported to the hospital and is listed in very critical condition with three gunshot wounds.

The man was robbed of $3,800 during the attack and initially told the police that he was attacked after leaving SugarHouse Casino. However, police now say that the man wasn’t at the casino before the attack. A police source said that the attack may be drug related. The investigation continues.

Some neighbors reported hearing two rounds of gunshots last night at 10 p.m. near 49th and Springfield and police presence. According to a neighbor report, Springfield Avenue was closed this morning between 50th and St. Bernard, with a black Cadillac driven into a telephone pole.

5 Comments For This Post

  1. R Says:

    I think there might be a typo – this is West Philly, not South Philly

  2. Says:

    The man doesn’t live here and it’s not clear why he was here.

  3. Alex Spencer Says:

    Yeah, or Southwest Philly, arguably.

  4. Alex Spencer Says:

    Oh I see, it’s where he’s from not where he was.

  5. R Says:

    That’s what I get for reading this too fast!

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