Police say City Councilman David Oh was getting out of his car late Wednesday night outside his Southwest Philadelphia home when he was stabbed during an attempted robbery.
Oh was taken to a hospital. This morning, his spokesman said he is “in recovery after a successful surgery overnight. He will remain at the hospital to monitor his recovery, but (is) expected to fully heal and return home soon.”
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.
Mayor Kenney called the incident “a terrible tragedy.” “We are all praying for Councilman Oh’s quick recovery and thinking of his family during this incredibly difficult time,” Kenney said. “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. Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to call 911.”
Council President Darrell Clarke said “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.”
No arrests have been made.
Police continue to investigate and urged tipsters to call 9-1-1.