Philadelphia, PA – Surveillance footage captured the moment when a Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) officer was shot in the head while working in the Frankford neighborhood late last week (video below).
Philadelphia police are investigating the video as they continue to search for the unidentified gunman, WPVI reported.
The horrific attack occurred in the 4500-block of Frankford Avenue at approximately 4 p.m. on Nov. 25.
The PPA officer was walking down the sidewalk, apparently checking on parked vehicles, when a man wearing what appeared to be a partial facemask and a blue hooded sweatshirt rounded the corner and quickly approached him from behind, the video showed.
When the officer turned towards one of the vehicles, the suspect walked up behind him, held the gun inches from his head, and shot him.
The wounded officer immediately collapsed to the ground, the video showed.
The gunman then slowly jogged back in the direction from which he came and fled the scene.
The wounded PPA officer was rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries, WPVI reported.
He was listed in critical condition on Friday night, and has since been upgraded to stable condition.
“We believe he was the intended target,” Philadelphia Deputy Police Commissioner Frank Vanore said shortly after the attack, according to CBS News.
“It’s bold. It’s brazen and something we’re definitely going to do everything we can to solve immediately,” Deputy Commissioner Vanore added.
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.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content:
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