PHILADELPHIA (UKTN) — Police say a man visiting Philadelphia from the Philippines died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Police have confirmed that the victim is John Albert Laylo, a lawyer for the Philippine government, according to the country’s consulate general.
Police say Laylo and his mother were in an Uber around 4:10 a.m. on Saturday was heading from University City toward Philadelphia International Airport when as many as 15 shots were fired into the rear window and driver’s side of the car at 38th and Spruce Streets.
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Officers transported Laylo to Penn Presbyterian Hospital after responding to the shooting where he was placed in extremely critical condition. Police say Laylo was on life support Sunday morning when he died. He was pronounced dead at 10:33 a.m., authorities said.
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According to police, Laylo and his mother were heading south on 38th and Spruce streets and stopped at a red light. Then, police officials said the shooter got out of another car that pulled up behind the Uber.
According to the police, their preliminary investigation reveals that an unknown black vehicle, possibly a Nissan Maxima, fired several bullets at the vehicle. According to police, the vehicle then parked on the driver’s side of the Uber and fired more bullets before driving away.
Detectives are currently trying to retrieve surveillance video to identify the suspect vehicle.
On Facebook, Laylo’s mother posted photos of happier times during their trip to the United States. They were to fly to Chicago after visiting family in Philadelphia.
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Her mum in a post said in part: “I can’t explain the heaviness I have in my heart. It took me hours to post this because I still can’t believe this is happening. is produced.
Police said investigation at the time shows the shooting was random, possibly related to road rage.
Philadelphia police are still looking for the shooter.
The Consulate General of the Philippines has called on the police to do everything possible to find the murderer.
The investigation is ongoing.
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