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Shot in shoulder, Phila. officer leaves hospital

By Julie Shaw
The Philadelphia Daily News
Related: Phila. officer shot by masked gunman who shot 3 others

PHILADELPHIA Police Officer Mariano Santiago, wounded Tuesday night after being shot in Center City, was released from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital yesterday.

The Traffic Division officer, 44, had given chase to a gunman fleeing in a stolen Chevy SUV after the gunman wounded three people in a parked Buick on Sansom Street near 16th about 10:20 p.m.

The gunman, Jerome Whitaker, 29, of Carpenter Street near 19th, South Philadelphia, crashed the SUV at 22nd and Sansom. He then fired at Santiago, hitting the officer once in the shoulder.

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