Driver shot during road rage incident in Manayunk: Philadelphia police

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A man is fighting for his life after police say he was shot dead in a traffic incident in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia on Saturday night.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. at the 3900 block of Manayunk Avenue.

Police say there was an altercation between a 37-year-old man in a Chevy van and a driver of a white Jeep Cherokee on Ridge Avenue.

At some point during the incident, the 37-year-old reportedly hit the window of the jeep, which was being occupied by a male driver, his wife and a 7-year-old child, according to police.

After the initial confrontation, Inspector DF Pace says the driver of the Jeep Cherokee chased the 37-year-old to Manayunk, where an accident occurred.

“The Cherokee then chased that van all the way from Ridge down Hermit Street and then into this back alley where the driver of that large van crashed into two vehicles that were parked in the alley behind the 3900 block of Manayunk Avenue.” said Pace.

Another altercation broke out between the two drivers, in which the 37-year-old was shot dead, police said.

“At one point, the driver of the white Cherokee, who was in possession of a gun, got out of the vehicle and asked the driver to step back, which does not appear to have happened,” Pace said.

The 37-year-old man was shot three times and is in critical condition at a local hospital.

The driver of the Cherokee is in police custody. There is no word on whether charges will be filed.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the police at 215-686-TIPS.

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