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18-year-old man shot following fight at SEPTA subway station in Center City: Philadelphia police

Man shot at Center City SEPTA station after altercation, police say
Man shot at Center City SEPTA station after altercation, police say 02:18

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A fight at a SEPTA station escalated into a shooting and left a 18-year-old man injured in Center City on Thursday morning.  Police tell CBS3 this shooting happened on the mezzanine level of the Market-Frankford station, which is one floor below ground.

According to police, the shooting happened around 4 a.m. inside the subway station at 15th and Market Streets. 

Police said the man was shot in the leg and foot and he was able to wave down a Philadelphia police officer for help.

Police believe there may have been a physical altercation involving two men right before the shooting

"We know two shots were fired from a semi-automatic weapon," Chief Inspector Scott Small said. "We're getting info from SEPTA police this incident may have started as a physical altercation and a fight that escalated to the shooting."

Police rushed the man who was shot to Jefferson Hospital, where he's in stable condition.

Police said the man is not cooperating with police on the investigation, and he may have tried to give them bad information about what happened, but the entire thing was caught on SEPTA surveillance cameras.

Police have not yet provided a description of the shooter. 

In July, a 19-year-old man was shot and killed after a dispute on the platform of the subway station at 15th and Market Streets. 

Riders said they're not surprised to hear about another shooting at this SEPTA station, and they think a larger police presence is the only way to make the subway safer.

"With all the drugs that are happening down here, the shootings that are happening, there's not enough police presence on the trains or on the platforms or anywhere around that you can call for help or anything, so you feel a little vulnerable," Marquette Horton said. 

"I think we need more of them and they have to have a larger presence because it seems like when the presence is there, it's a lot more at ease," Walt Meremianin said.

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