Phoenixville Police are still trying to ascertain a motive in the shooting of a Pottstown man near last night, but believe it was drug related.
According to Sergeant Joe Nemic, at 6:09 p.m. on May 8, a passenger in a silver four-door sedan, believed to be a Nissan Maxima, was shot by either a driver or a fellow passenger, before jumping from the vehicle at 225 High Street.
James Mack Brown, 18, of the 600 block of Apple Street in Pottstown, was brought to the trauma center of Paoli Memorial Hospital with a wound to the groin from a small caliber bullet, where he was operated on by a surgeon who was rushed in from Thomas Jefferson Hospital. Nemic said he hasn’t received official word on Brown's condition, but the victim is up and talking.
Nemic said the details of the crime should come into clearer focus this afternoon when he interviews Brown again. He spoke with him, briefly, before he entered the operating room.
“All I can say is the motive, at this point we believe it was a robbery or it was drug related,” reiterated Nemic.
Police are still looking for a white male, the driver, and a black male, a passenger, who were in the car with Brown. The black male is believed to be the shooter.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story misidentified the age of the victim.