A suspect who allegedly shot and killed a driver in Delaware County in a road rage attack was arrested Thursday night, law enforcement sources told NBC10.
Saddiq Washington, a 22-year-old from Darby, is charged with first-degree murder and related counts in the shooting, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said
The shooting during rush hour Wednesday morning was reportedly prompted by the suspect's anger at the victim apparently driving too slowly, police said previously.
The shooting happened on State Road (Route 1) near Meetinghouse Lane in Springfield, Pennsylvania, around 9 a.m. Wednesday. The Springfield Police Department said on Facebook that the victim was a 54-year-old man who was in his car with his wife.
Springfield Township Police Department Chief Joe Daly identified the victim as King Hua, a resident of Springfield. Stollsteimer said Hua and his wife immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam and were apparently "living the American dream" before Hua was gunned down.
Hua was on his way to work when he was "evilly executed," Stollsteimer said.
Witnesses told investigators that the pair were in the curb lane traveling southbound on State Road when another car being driven by a woman passed them on the shoulder of the road and stopped. That's when a man, now identified as Washington, partially exited the second car and fired shots toward the victim's car, penetrating the windshield, the SPD said.
The person driving Washington's vehicle was his mother, Stollsteimer said. Her involvement in the case "is still at issue," the DA said.
Online court records did not list an attorney who could comment on Washington's behalf.
Hua, who was in the driver's seat of his own car, was struck, and the vehicle hit a van after the shooting, Daly said. The DA's office said the victim was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
“A man lost his life today over driving his car too slow in rush-hour traffic. It’s just not acceptable. It’s not acceptable here in Springfield Township and it will not be tolerated," Daly said at the time.
Road Rage Incidents
Stollsteimer and Daly said Washington had just recently obtained a license to carry a concealed gun, which he had also purchased recently.
A witness told NBC10 that she was in her home getting ready for work when she heard two loud pops and a crash. She said she went outside since the street is known for traffic accidents.
“I had just gone outside to make sure the person was all right and a woman had come out of her car and she was saying, ‘Help me. My husband’s dead,’” the witness said.
The suspect left the scene in a dark-colored SUV, police said. Police traced the car to Washington's Darby home, which they staked out for hours, Daly said.
After a while, as officers were getting ready to serve an arrest warrant, Washington and a group of people left the house and got into the SUV, Daly said. Police pulled the car over, arrested Washington and let the others go, the police chief said.
“This is Springfield Township. This kind of stuff will not be tolerated here. Our community is a very peaceful community and if you come out here to commit a crime, we’re going to find you, we’re going to arrest you, we’re going to prosecute you," Daly said. "If you flee, we’re going to aggressively pursue you, we’re going to hunt you down and we’re going to lock you up.”