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Democratic congresswoman carjacked at gunpoint in Philadelphia

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.) was carjacked at gunpoint on Wednesday while leaving a meeting in her Philadelphia congressional district.

The incident occurred at around 2:45 p.m. near FDR Park, according to Scanlon’s communications director, Lauren Cox. Scanlon was physically unharmed, Cox told The Hill, and is currently in communication with law enforcement.

“The Congresswoman was physically unharmed. She thanks the Philadelphia Police Department for their swift response, and appreciates the efforts of both the Sergeant at Arms in D.C. and her local police department for coordinating with Philly PD to ensure her continued safety,” Cox said in a statement.

The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) told The Hill in a statement that the carjackers were two Black men aged between 20 and 30 years old. One of the men, who was armed, drove off with Scanlon’s blue 2017 Acura MDX. The other man then got into a dark SUV and followed their accomplice. They were last on the 2000 Block of Pattisson Ave.

“I am relieved that Congresswoman Scanlon was not physically injured, and my thoughts are with her during this difficult time,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. “The PPD will continue to provide any support needed in this case and will work diligently alongside our federal partners to assist in bringing those responsible to justice.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D), who gave an update on citywide anti-violence efforts on the same day Scanlon was carjacked, released a statement saying he was “appalled” by what had occurred.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe in our city, and sadly, as we know, that hasn’t always been the case this year. It’s disheartening, and quite frankly infuriating, that criminals feel emboldened to commit such a reckless crime in the middle of the day in what should be a place of tranquility and peace — one of Philadelphia’s beautiful parks,” Kenney said in a statement to local CBS affiliate KYW-TV.

“I’m thankful that she was not physically harmed during this incident, and my thoughts are with her during what I’m sure is a traumatic time,” he continued.

Fellow Democratic Pennsylvania Rep. Brendan Boyle said on Twitter that Scanlon is “Philly tough” and “will be ok.”

Updated at 6:50 p.m.

Tags Carjacking gun violence Jim Kenney Mary Gay Scanlon Mary Gay Scanlon Pennsylvania Philadelphia

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