Teen, Paralyzed By Earlier Shooting, Shot Again

Terrell Robinson, 18, was shot twice in his wheelchair in West Oak Lane last night.

A crimson, crescent moon-shaped stain was still visible on a sidewalk in West Oak Lane this morning, marking the spot where a group of men tried to murder Terrell Robinson in his wheelchair.

Robinson, 18, was shot in the face and buttocks on Limekiln Pike near Pastorius Street shortly after 8 p.m. on Wednesday, police said.

He was on his way home from a neighborhood barbershop when four men approached him. At least one — described only as a thin, 6-foot-tall black man who had a gray hoodie pulled over his head — opened fire.

“Somebody knocked on the door. We came out and he was shot,” said Keyana Carrington, Robinson’s sister.

Robinson was admitted to Einstein Medical Center in critical but stable condition. This was not the first time that he’d survived a shooting.

Carrington, 26, said her brother was left paralyzed by a 2013 shooting in East Germantown. That incident, she said, was a matter of Robinson having been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“He wasn’t really even over that yet,” she sighed, as her eyes drifted toward the tan wheelchair lift that’s planted in front of her family’s home on a tree-lined stretch of Limekiln Pike.

From the front steps, she pointed at a yellow school crossing traffic sign down the block that Robinson was next to when he was ambushed on Wednesday.

“For him to go through the same thing again, it’s devastating for him.”

The motive for the latest shooting is thus far unclear. Carrington said her brother is a senior at Widener Memorial School. The Ogontz school caters to students who have physical and medical disabilities.

“He was doing good in school, about to graduate in June,” she said. “He was talking about his prom.”

Robinson’s shooting comes amid a particularly violent week in Philadelphia. The city has seen its homicide tally spike from 34 to 49 in the span of just four days.

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