A manhunt is underway after two men on BMX bikes opened fire on a 26-year-old father and his 2-year-old son Friday night. Police are now offering a $5,000 reward.
Philadelphia police rushed to the scene on the 3300 block of Malta Street upon reports of a young child shot in the city's Kensington neighborhood on Friday around 9:15 p.m.
Police say 2-year-old Pryce Johnson was shot four times in the back and his father was shot in the knee after the suspects said, "This is our block."
The child was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital, his father to Temple Hospital. Family members say the boy is doing better.
"He fought for his life," Ileana McDaniels said. "He's a fighter. Thank God. I was like, 'Oh my God.' This baby is so tiny and he was shot four times. How can he still be okay? I just couldn't fathom it at all."
The boy's family has not been able to return to their home since the shooting, fearing for their lives.
"It's just reality unfortunately," McDaniels said. "Right now we're just getting everything out because I don't want them here anymore."
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Both gunmen fled on their bikes after the shooting and were last seen on Westmoreland Street. Police released surveillance video of the suspects Tuesday.
The first suspect is described as a black male standing 6-foot-3 in his 20s with braids and weighing 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, riding on a bicycle and carrying a duffel bag or book bag. The second suspect is described as a black male in his 20s standing 5-foot-11 and wearing a light shirt and riding a bicycle.
President John McNesby announced that the Philadelphia Lodge 5 Fraternal Order of Police is offering a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the shooting.