As he was bleeding from a gunshot wound to the chest early Saturday morning on Campbell Street, the young man pounded on a van and pleaded with the driver to take him to the hospital.
"I'm shot. Get me to the emergency room," the 26-year-old man screamed at the driver who, at first, started to pull away, one witness told the Sun-Gazette.
The shooting occurred just north of Park Avenue about 4 a.m. following a loud commotion involving a handful of men, witnesses said.
The victim has been hospitalized in serious, but stable condition as city police look for clues into who shot him, Capt. Raymond O. Kontz III said Saturday afternoon.
Kontz declined to comment on whether investigators knew the motive for the shooting nor would he say if police have yet been able to question the victim. He also would not comment on any evidence recovered at the scene.
"He's recovering from a chest wound at a trauma center," Kontz said of the victim.
Two neighbors told the Sun-Gazette they heard the gunfire.
"I was awakened by loud talking. It just sounded like a whole group of people talking out here very loudly," one neighbor, a retired Methodist minister, who declined to give his name, told a reporter on his front porch. He could not make out what the group was talking about.
"It went on for quite a while. I then heard three shots. I heard someone say 'I've been shot,'" the minster said. His son called 911 to report that someone had been shot in front of the house.
"We stayed away from the windows," the minister added.
Another neighbor, a 25-year-old mother who lives across the street, said she too was awakened by noises of men talking outside.
"I heard a bunch of people arguing, too many, I don't know how many. Then I head a couple shots go off," the woman, who also declined to give her name, said.
"There was a van, it started to drive off, but a boy started banging on it. He said 'I'm shot. Get me to the emergency room.' Finally, they opened the van. He got in and it drove off," the woman added.
"I'm happy they saved him. I thought, at first, they were just going to leave him out there wounded," the woman said, referring to those in the vehicle. She did not see how many people were in it.
Police and paramedics were dispatched to the shooting scene, but while they were en route, the van had already pulled into to the emergency room entrance of the nearby Williamsport Regional Medical Center with the victim.
This latest shooting is just around the coroner from the 700 block of High Street, where a 33-year-old Philadelphia man was shot to death on Dec. 15. The homicide was one of two shootings in the city that day.
Just after midnight on that day, a man was shot at close range inside a home in the 1200 block of West Fourth Street. He survived.
During the same week, an 18-year-old man was shot in the face in the 800 block of Memorial Avenue in the middle of a Sunday afternoon. He recovered as did a 17-year-old boy who was shot in the leg days later in the afternoon at Fifth and Memorial avenues.
The investigations into all the shootings are ongoing. No arrests have been made in any of the cases.