Driver With Kids in Car Shoots Man in Road Rage Along Cottman Avenue, Police Say

Surveillance video shows a 1998 to 2002 Toyota Corolla driven by the alleged gunman. The whole incident stemmed from the shooter trying to make a right turn off the Roosevelt Boulevard from three lanes over, police say.

Police are searching for a driver who they say had two children inside his sedan when he shot into another car in the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia following a dispute over trying to make a turn.

"It's scary, it's absolutely scary," Northeast Detectives Lt. Dennis Rosenbaum said.

The suspect was driving a dark-colored 1998 to 2002 Toyota Corolla with two children inside on July 3 at 8:30 p.m. when he asked another driver to make a right turn from three lanes over on the Roosevelt Boulevard onto Cottman Avenue, investigators said.

"A guy yelled over to him from the third lane over and asked if he could get in front of him," Rosenbaum said. "The driver said he didn’t have any room to let him in and the light changed."

The 22-year-old victim turned right onto Cottman and a short time later, the Corolla driver pulled up next to him near the Roosevelt Mall, police said.

The victim asked the other driver what was up, Rosenbaum said. The Corolla driver replied with "Say Something, Say Something."

The gunman then fired four shots after the victim asked “What do you want me to say?” 

The gunman, a man with a beard who appeared to be in his 30s, drove off, turning left onto Leonard Street before disappearing from surveillance cameras, investigators said. 

The victim waved his hand out of the window to ask for help and caught the attention of a bystander who called police. The victim was then taken to Einstein Medical Center in critical condition with severe injuries from a single gunshot wound. He remained hospitalized more than two weeks later.

It would take the victim a few days to reveal what Rosenbaum says is the most-shocking detail of the incident.

The victim told police that two girls, between 8 to 10 years old each, were in the back seat of the car.

"Doing that in front of kids is just not proper and that just raises a lot of concern," Rosenbaum said.

The victim, who was running an errand at the time, doesn't want to be identified as he is fearful, Rosenbaum said.

Police hope that the shooter comes forward or that the woman, who won't likely face charges if she comes forward, turns him in.

Otherwise it could be up to the public to bring the shooter to justice. Investigators asked anyone with information to contact Philadelphia Police

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