A young father was somehow able to drive a couple blocks to a Southwest Philadelphia police station after a gunman opened fire on him and his 1-year-old, leaving both fighting for their lives after being shot multiple times Wednesday night.
The 21-year-old man had just secured his 21-month-old son into a car seat in his Dodge Charger at 67th and Trinity streets around 8:35 p.m. when a gunman approached them and opened fire, police said.
The father was shot nine times throughout his body while his son was shot three times in the chest abdomen and hip, police said. The father drove his car about two blocks to a nearby police station at 67th Street and Woodland Avenue where he got out of his car and asked for help. Officers rushed to the car to find the wounded boy in his rear child seat, police said.
The father was listed in stable condition at Penn Presbyterian Hospital while the son was rushed to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in critical condition, police said.
"A year and a half old kid with his father, getting into a car, and it looks like the shooter just walked right up on the car so they knew that kid was in that car and just opened fire so it's just unacceptable behavior," Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker said.
Neighbors say they thought the gunshots sounded like firecrackers.
Tracy Gordon, a block captain in the neighborhood, told NBC10 the area isn't known for violence.
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"It's very quiet," Gordon said. "It's very community-oriented."
No arrests have been made and police have not released a description of any suspects.