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Date of Alert:
February 3, 2023 9:43 pm

Report of Gunshots Fired | 4000 block of Market Street

Philadelphia And Penn Police responded to a report of gunshots being fired in the area of 4000 block of Market Street. Upon arrival, Police discovered the complainant, who had been shot.  The unaffiliated complainant was transported to the hospital for treatment.  Witnesses described the suspect as a Black male wearing all dark clothing. He was last seen heading westbound on Market Street.

Philadelphia Police is on scene investigating. Philadelphia and Penn Police are patrolling the area. Allied Security Officers are also patrolling and available 24/7 for walking escorts.

We wish to share the following safety information with our community.

The Division of Public Safety has developed a few helpful risk reduction strategies outlined below, know that it is never the fault of the person impacted (victim/survivor) by crime.

  • Familiarize yourself with your surroundings (location, garages, parking lots, etc.)
  • Be mindful of distractions (i.e., use of cellphones, ear buds, etc.)
  • Use our free Walking Escort program any time, 24/7. (215-898-WALK/9255).
  • If you believe you see the described suspects, do not engage with them – call 215-573-3333.

We encourage you to use the free services provided for your safety and wellbeing:

  • Use Walking Escort 215-898-WALK (9255) to walk with you to any location between 30th Street and 43rd Streets, from Market Street to Baltimore Avenue 24/7; as well as west to 50th Street and north into Powelton between 10 am – 3 am.
  • Use PennRides 215-898-RIDE (7433) for free transportation to both the West Philadelphia and Center City areas.
  • Call the HELP Line 215-898-HELP (4357) – 24/7 for members of the Penn community who are seeking time sensitive help in navigating Penn’s resources for health and wellness.
  • For a medical emergency, call 215-573-3333 for the Alternative Response Unit (AR-1) and Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT).
  • Special Services: 215-898-4481 or 215-898-6600 (24hrs) Members of the Penn community may inquire and receive support services when victimized by any type of crime. Highly trained personnel are available to offer immediate assistance, including crisis intervention, accompaniment to legal and medical proceedings, options counseling and advocacy, and linkages to other University and community resources.
  • Student Health and Counseling (24/7): Medical Concerns: 215-746-3535 Counseling: 215-898-7021
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): 1-866-799-2329 Penn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can provide counseling and referral services to you and your families, as well as connect you to resources to help you work through the grief these events can create. EAP offers materials for coping with traumatic experiences and ways to help those who struggle with feeling safe at school, home, or work.
  • UPennAlert Registration: Visit the UPennAlert webpage for information on how to register or update your contact information.
  • Penn Guardian: Use the Penn Guardian App to stay in touch with Public Safety.
  • Request a safety presentation for your group.


Update: All clear in the area of 4000 block of Market Street. Police and security officers are patrolling the area.

UPennAlert: Report of gun shots fired in the area of 4000 block of Market Street.  Increased police activity in the area. Police on scene, use caution, avoid the immediate area.

Suspect description:  Black male, wearing all dark clothing, last seen heading westbound on Market Street.

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