The law firm of Ballard Spahr is offering $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an unidentified gunman who shot firm associate Spencer Hill during a botched robbery.
Hill, who was shot in the chest, survived the attempt on his life Monday night at the intersection of 52nd and Hazel streets in West Philadelphia and is recovering in a hospital.
Hill told 6ABC Action News that he heard someone running behind him and he turned to defend himself.
“He shot me and then ran away. I saw the muzzle flash and I felt some pain, but I wasn’t actually sure I was shot,” Hill told the station. Though wounded, Hill made it home and called police.
“The police showed up fairly quickly and rushed me to the hospital. So thank you to the Philadelphia police that did that for me,” Hill said.
Ballard Spahr chairman Mark Stewart said Hill’s shooting marks the second time in a year one of the firm’s associates has been the victim of a violent crime in Philadelphia, but he declined to elaborate.
Stewart added that posting a reward for information on a fugitive is not something he or the firm is used to doing.
“Among all the things I thought I’d be doing a chair as a firm, the idea of announcing an award for information on the shooting of an associate is not what I had in mind,” he said. “Neither the firm or I are experts in this and I never hope to be.”
The reward money will come out of Ballard Spahr’s coffers. Stewart added that offering the reward was an act of frustration at violent crime affecting Philadelphia.
“This is a terrific city,” Stewart said. “We want people to come here and enjoy what we enjoy here in Philadelphia. We can’t allow this to go on.”
“It’s unthinkable that a guy like Spencer who has devoted his life to helping other people” could be the victim of a shooting, Stewart said.