Republican Councilman David Oh of Philadelphia was stabbed in the course of an attempted robbery. This assault occurred near his home.
He was getting out of his car on late in the evening on Wednesday night when he was approached by a man who he did not know.
The man spoke to Councilman Oh, but he did not understand exactly what he was saying, so he engaged him in conversation.
The stranger pulled out a knife and demanded that the councilman give him his keys. Councilman Oh was then stabbed in the left side of his body while the aggressor took off.
He was taken to a hospital where his condition was listed as critical, but stable as of early on Thursday morning.
Police are now on alert and they are searching the area, looking at surveillance video as well as interviewing potential witnesses.
Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney urged anyone with information to come forward.”We are all praying for Councilman Oh’s quick recovery and thinking of his family during this incredibly difficult time,” Kennedy said in a statement. “Whenever violence happens on our streets it is a terrible tragedy. When it happens near our homes, where we are supposed to feel safe, it is all the more devastating.”
Oh was first elected to council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. He’s the first Asian-American elected to public office in Philadelphia, and the only U.S. military veteran currently serving on council.
“We are aware of a reported violent attack on Councilman David Oh near his home and are closely monitoring his condition,” Democratic City Council President Darrell Clarke said in a statement after the stabbing. “David is a valued colleague with a young, beautiful family. We ask all Philadelphians to keep Councilman Oh and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”