SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA - New details are emerging on a shooting that injured a five-year-old boy and has his grandfather fighting for his life.Investigators are saying the shooter’s vehicle is connected to an organized group of car thefts from major car rental companies at Philadelphia International Airport.
The car was recovered a short distance away from the shooting Sunday night and police are processing it for evidence.At the Exxon gas station, at South 61st Street and Passyunk Avenue Sunday night, drivers are thinking of the 71-year-old grandfather and his five-year-old grandson injured in a shooting 24 hours before."We were just talking about it.
It’s insane how it happened," Julio Matias said. John McGonigal added, "I have an 11-year-old and a seven-year-old and God forbid it would’ve happened.
This is exactly where we come every time we get our gas. It’s really concerning."Police say they are investigating if the driver was targeted for a specific reason or if the shooting stemmed from a previous road rage incident.RELATED COVERAGE:According to the investigation, the five-year-old’s father was driving his Nissan Maxima on 61st Street with the child and the driver’s 71-year-old father when a white Kia K-5 began to fire gunshots at their vehicle from behind.RELATED: Grandfather, grandson injured after more than 50 shots fired in targeted SW Philly shooting: officialsThe driver turned into the Exxon station and, police say, the Kia followed and continued shooting, before speeding off west on Passyunk.The 71-year-old was shot in the back and the five-year-old child was grazed in the shoulder.Police say they located the Kia unoccupied near 61st and Buist Avenue.