PHILADELPHIA – Police have identified the 17-year-old boy charged with shooting a good Samaritan who got off his bicycle to try to stop an armed robbery in Philadelphia.
Police say Mehdi Fraiji faces charges including attempted murder and aggravated assault in the shooting last week in the city's exclusive Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.
Officials say the 39-year-old cyclist tried to intervene when he saw the holdup. People were dining at a sidewalk restaurant next to the park where the shooting occurred.
Police say Fraiji grabbed a gun from a co-conspirator and shot the cyclist in the chest, torso and shoulder. The victim was hospitalized in stable condition.
Fraiji is charged as an adult. His public defender couldn't immediately be reached Wednesday.