A tow-truck driver was shot in a leg Monday morning in North Philadelphia, and his employer and a rival towing company blamed each other.
Two tow trucks responded to a car accident about 10:30 a.m. at Whitaker and Hunting Park Avenues, police said. There was a dispute, and one of the drivers was shot in a leg.
The two companies that responded were Mystical Towing and J & Son's Towing & Recovery, both companies confirmed.
The driver who was shot was Angel Carrera, 36, who works for Mystical, the company confirmed.
Police initially said that one tow-truck driver had shot the other, but employees from both companies said Carrera was shot by a man who arrived at the scene of the accident driving a black Cadillac Escalade.
A Mystical representative, who did not want to be identified, said that the driver of the Escalade was connected to J & Son's and that he was trying to force Carrera to leave. "We've had run-ins with them before," the representative said.
A man who identified himself as Michael at J & Son's said he did not know who was driving the Escalade, but then suggested that the Escalade driver had shot the Mystical driver in "self-defense."
"We have no feud with Mystical," Michael said.
Police said the injured driver got into his truck and drove to the nearby 24th/25th Police District headquarters at 3901 Whitaker Ave.
Officers then drove Carrera to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Tow Truck Driver Is Shot In North Philadelphia
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