A FedEx delivery driver was shot in the chest and leg just before noon Tuesday in Queen Village, a Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson said.
The driver, a man in his early 30s, was rushed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Center City, where he was listed in critical condition.
A male suspect was apprehended, but no weapon was recovered, Officer Miguel Torres, a department spokesperson, said.
Meredith Miller, FedEx manager for external communications, said in a statement: “We are aware of the terrible incident involving a team member in Philadelphia this afternoon, and our thoughts are with him during this time. There is no higher priority for FedEx Ground than the safety of our team members. We are cooperating fully with the authorities as they conduct their investigation.”
Less than a year ago, another male FedEx driver fought back after being attacked by an armed thief in Philadelphia. On Dec. 17, 2019, the 32-year-old driver shot and killed Jevan Lundy, 27, who had held him at gunpoint, took packages from his truck, and shot him in the abdomen in front of a home in the 600 block of Unruh Avenue in Lawndale.
The driver, who was in the process of making a delivery, returned fire with his own legally registered gun, striking Lundy in the chest and back, police said. The driver has recovered from his injuries and was not charged.
Tuesday’s attack was the latest episode in what has been a year of surging gun violence in Philadelphia.
There have been 386 homicides so far this year, up from 279 at this time last year, an increase of 38%, according to the Police Department. More than 1,000 people have been shot this year.