Police shoot man trying to mow people down with vehicle

(YC.NEWS PHOTO/NIK HATZIEFSTATHIOU)
(YC.NEWS PHOTO/NIK HATZIEFSTATHIOU)

It was a sunny morning in South Philadelphia Monday when police say a man tried to mow down people on the sidewalk.

This all unfolded just after 7:40 a.m. Monday morning at the intersection of Bigler & Broad Streets.

According to police, an off-duty officer fatally shot the man, identified as 31-year-old Khalil Lawal of the 1000 block of South Frederick Street, Arlington, Virginia.

A good Samaritan used a car to block the wild driver and then an unnamed, off-duty police captain confronted the man.

A struggle ensued, and the cop whipped out his department-issued handgun and shot the driver in the head.

“There are some concerns because of the way the shots were fired and the positioning and things like that. But at this time, I’m just being very candid about the fact that we do have some concerns about the discharge,” Commissioner Ross said.

The male was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 10:15 a.m.

The male struck by the car was treated and released at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for abrasions and contusions to his head and legs.

The officer was treated and released at Methodist Hospital for abrasions and contusions to his head and shoulder.

There were no other reported injuries to police or civilians as a result of the firearm discharge.