This is a developing story.
What appeared to be a random violent crime in Philadelphia is now being investigated as a possible “lone wolf” terror attack.
A man is hospitalized and a suspect is dead in what appears to be a terror attack that was stopped before it could hurt more people.
The suspect has not yet been identified.
Terrorism was being eyed as a possible motive after a man in a black Honda targeted pedestrians Monday morning in Philadelphia, seriously injuring one person before being shot in the head by an off-duty cop, officials said.
The driver, who wasn’t immediately identified, was prounced dead at 10:15 a.m., police said. The driver was initially in “extremely critical condition” after the incident and was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head.
Police said they were exploring possible motives, including if the incident was terror-related.
“Anytime someone is trying to run people over we got to look at that angle and see what the investigation leads us,” a police spokesman said.
Police were alerted about 7:30 a.m. to a reckless driver attempting to mow down pedestrians. The driver struck one person, who then flipped onto the hood of his car.
Witness Marc DiBattista told KYW-TV he “heard ‘Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,’ and knew something was going down.”
An off-duty officer happened to be in the area when the commotion happened and intervened. The driver “immediately gets aggressive against the off-duty officer” which prompted the cop to fire his service weapon, Philadelphia Police Captain Sekou Kinebrew said.
The off-duty officer reportedly made a verbal warning before firing his gun, according to FOX29.
The pedestrian who was struck was taken to the hospital and is said to be in critical condition, but suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.
Here is video from local news coverage.