Running early: How Philadelphia’s ‘scoop and run’ practice saves lives

Listen 12:22
Police investigate a drive-by shooting in Germantown on Oct. 3, 2018. Five young men aged 19 to 23 were shot. One died. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Police investigate a drive-by shooting in Germantown on Oct. 3, 2018. Five young men aged 19 to 23 were shot. One died. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

In 2017, one-third of Philadelphia’s shooting victims were taken to trauma centers — not in an ambulance, but in the back of a police vehicle. It’s a practice known as “scoop and run.” Philadelphia and more recently, Camden, are the only U.S. cities with high homicide rates that use it. On this episode of The Why, Elizabeth Van Brocklin, who wrote about scoop and run for The Trace in partnership with NBC10, discusses why that’s the case and whether the practice is saving lives.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.