Traffic confrontation leads to killing Friday night in Fairhill

Slide show above: Neighbors crowd the scene while police investigate a fatal shooting Friday night the in Fairhill section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Medics pronounced a 32-year-old man dead at the scene after he was shot around 9 p.m Friday on North 5th Street near West Somerset Street in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia.

According to police, the victim exchanged words with the occupants of a minivan when one person got out and fired two shots, striking him in the head and torso.

Before the shooting, the victim had been blocking the street while arguing with a woman, according to 6ABC. CBS3 reported that the shooting suspect had been in one of the vehicles held up in traffic.

The minivan was found later on Indiana Street but the suspect was still on the run, according to NBC10. Police said it was unclear if the shooter was the driver or a passenger, according to philly.com.

Update: Police have identified the victim as Antonio Pedraza, according to 6ABC.

Philadelphia Police report that 112 people have been victims of homicide in the city this year, three fewer than at this time last year, but 43 fewer than the year-to-date total in 2012.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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