POLICE in the US city of Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania say a man who sustained 16 gunshot wounds all over his body walked into a hospital emergency room and is expected to survive.
The shooting unfolded just before 12.30am on Friday in the 1700 block of Tilghman Street in the city's Kensington section.
Police found 23 spent shell casings on the scene, but no victim. About 15 minutes later, they were contacted by Temple University Hospital about a gunshot victim who was being treated there.
The man was shot five times on his right side, twice to his left hip, three times to his upper chest, once to his right shoulder, once to the right side of his neck, and four to his forearms, Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
A neighbour recounted hearing a deafening burst of gunfire that he likened to a 'machine gun' in the middle of the night.
He also heard a man screaming and the sound of a car speeding away.
Police chief Inspector Scott Small told CBS Philadelphia the 27-year-old had undergone surgery and was in critical condition, but was expected to survive.
“For him to be hit that many times throughout his body... and he walked into the hospital. That's pretty miraculous,” Small said in an interview with 6abc.
The hospital is located about 2 miles from the crime scene. It is unknown at this time whether the wounded man covered that distance on foot, or was taken there by car.
The victim's name has not been made public.
So far, no arrests have been made in the shooting, but authorities are checking surveillance video for possible clues. – Daily Mail.