Philadelphia, PA – A Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) officer was shot multiple times in the line of duty while working in the Frankford neighborhood on Friday evening.
Police said the attack occurred outside Philly Tech Nail Spa near Orthodox Street and Frankford Avenue shortly before 4 p.m. on Nov. 25, CBS News reported.
Investigators said the 37-year-old male PPA officer was going about his work when a gunman drove up and abruptly shot him in his ear and shoulder, according to WPVI.
“We believe he was the intended target,” Philadelphia Deputy Police Commissioner Frank Vanore said, according to CBS News. “We have some witnesses saying a car pulled up, shots were fired, and then a car pulled away.”
“It’s bold. It’s brazen and something we’re definitely going to do everything we can to solve immediately,” Deputy Commissioner Vanore added.
The wounded PPA officer was rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries, WPVI reported.
He was listed in critical condition on Friday night, according to WTXF.
Detectives used flashlights to thoroughly search the area of the attack for evidence as the night went on, CBS News reported.
@PhillyPolice confirms a Philadelphia Parking Authority employee was shot multiple times while on duty. It happened near Orthodox Street & Frankford Avenue intersection in front of Philly Tech Nail Spa. @6abc pic.twitter.com/Lj7BeQwoUk
— Sharifa Jackson 6abc (@SharifaJackson) November 25, 2022
No arrests were immediately made and police said the gun used in the attack has not been located, according to WPVI.
Investigators said they are looking into the names of the drivers who had recently been issued tickets by the wounded officer to see if any of them could possibly be the gunman.
“He wrote tickets. That was his job out here today. He wrote several tickets.” Deputy Commissioner Vanore told WPVI. “We are going to go through the history of what he did today and see if that gives us any clues.”
“We’re working here with the parking authority,” he added. “They’re assisting us on going through what he did today and we’ll go back through that very carefully to see what we could find out.”
The wounded PPA officer is a familiar face in the Frankford neighborhood, according to local residents.
“I speak to him every day,” Bamba Sisoko told CBS News. “He’s a good guy, he’s a very nice guy. Sometimes he said hello to me.”
Investigators surged anyone with information about the shooting to contact police immediately.