PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Pennsylvania State Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a man involved in a road rage shooting Tuesday morning.
State police say around 6:30 a.m., a 38-year-old man was driving on I-95 North, just south of the Girard Point Bridge, when another driver began tailgating him aggressively. The man pulled up on the right side of the victim’s car, pulled out a gun and fired it.
“One round struck the rear passenger side area of the victim’s vehicle and it actually punctured the tire,” said Cpl. William Slaton. “The victim could have crashed and seriously injured himself.”
The victim was able to pull off to the shoulder safely and call 9-1-1.
Police describe the suspect as a black male between 30 to 40 years old, with a goatee.
He was driving a 2000’s Chevrolet Impala or Malibu, with weathered black paint.
Cpl. Slaton said it’s a miracle no one was hurt.
“He’s okay, obviously he was scared initially because he could have lost his life,” he said. “He could have crashed, other people could have crashed.”
Just a month ago, state troopers investigated a similar road rage shooting on the Blue Route. A few days later, police arrested Anthony Richardson. Someone recognized him from an artist’s sketch and information about his car. Troopers are hoping for a similar outcome in this case.
“That last case, we were able to solve it very quickly and some of it was from the help from the public,” Slaton said. “I can’t stress it enough, if anyone knows someone who fits this description, it could be a nephew or uncle or brother or son. Call us.”
Cpl. Slaton said police are confident surveillance video of the highway will provide additional information to help locate the suspect.
He could face charges as serious as attempted homicide.
Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS