Shooting, crash in West Philadelphia

July 6, 2009 2:31:25 PM PDT
Shocked and grieving parents at the scene of their only child's murder, Milton and Gail McRae hold their only grandchild, the offspring of 28-year-old Dominic McRae."We know he got multiple rounds fired as he came through the intersection and the vehicle was hit here and it came to rest a short distance away," said Lt. Frank Vanore of the Philadelphia Police Department.

Dominic McRae was ambushed at 52nd and Catherine Streets. Police say nearly a dozen shots were fired into his late model Buick sedan from a 9-millimeter semi-automatic. 2 males fled the scene.

Several other cars were damaged as drivers panicked during the gunfire or were hit by McRae's vehicle. A witness whose identity we're protecting gave this account.

"I just remember hearing 8 gun shots and I looked out my door and I seen a car coming down the street the next thing I know he crashed into my neighbor's car and I called 911 and that's when I seen bullet holes in his car and I knew that it wasn't good because there was no movement."

The McRae's lived only 6 blocks away. His family and friends rushed to the scene to comfort his parents everyone was baffled as to why he'd be an assassination target.

"He was my cousin and I loved him dearly and I hope you all catch whoever did this to him," said Sharon Logan, the victim's cousin.

McRae worked at Temple University. Relatives say he did have a police record, serving time for robbery in 1999 and a brief jail term for a drug conviction in 2001. Still his friends are baffled about a possible motive for his killing.

"It's crazy out here they don't have no morals they don't care about anybody, terrible," said Michael Morris, a family friend.

The McRae's were preparing for a family reunion this weekend now they must prepare for a funeral instead.

Police have told Action News that McRae had a cocaine bust as recent as 2007 and he traveled that route from his doctor's office every Monday morning.

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