A St. Joseph’s University student was shot dead in an attempted carjacking as he was returning home from the school campus on Tuesday evening, police said.
The student was parking his blue Subaru Outback outside his apartment in Overbrook when two men wearing ski masks pulled up in a van, 6ABC reported. They confronted the student as he exited his vehicle and attempted to steal his keys, but the student fought back, police said.
The robbery failed, but the student was hit in the knee and head with a gun, police said. The masked men then got back into the van and fled towards Woodbine Avenue.
The incident happened on Upland Way near Drexel Road around 10:45 p.m., NBC10 reported. The 21-year-old student was taken to Lankenau Medical Center for treatment.
No arrests were made. Police are looking for surveillance footage that may have recorded the incident.
Carjackings recently exploded in Philadelphia. There were 757 carjackings in 2021, a 34% increase from 2020. Police say they have taken steps to tackle the problem, including posting undercover officers to areas where they have found that carjackings were occurring more frequently.
Last week, an off-duty security guard was shot twice in an attempted carjacking in Germantown as he tried to leave for work. Hours later, a 65-year-old man was shot twice during an attempted carjacking in Kensington.