Schuylkill Expressway shooting leaves one dead

Pennsylvania State Police investigate a fatal shooting of a motorist driving east bound on the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia on Sunday April 8, 2012. Still on scene in this images is the Philadelphia Police Dept. van which as first on scene when the victim's passenger waved done the police van. (For the Daily News/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Pennsylvania State Police investigate a fatal shooting of a motorist driving east bound on the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia on Sunday April 8, 2012. Still on scene in this images is the Philadelphia Police Dept. van which as first on scene when the victim's passenger waved done the police van. (For the Daily News/ Joseph Kaczmarek) (Joseph Kaczmarek)
Posted: April 08, 2012

One man was killed early Easter morning in a shooting on the Schuylkill Expressway near the Montgomery Drive exit that closed the highway for three hours.

Police said they do not believe the shooting was random.

Police have identified the victim as Kareem El, 29, hometown unknown. El was driving a silver 1997 Buick LeSabre eastbound on the highway about 2:50 a.m. when an unknown vehicle pulled up along its passenger side and fired numerous shots inside, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Who did the shooting remains unknown.

Philadelphia police had discovered the Buick stopped in the middle of the road and alerted state police.

While there have been other shootings on what is one of the city's heaviest-used roads, this is the first to occur in the Montgomery Drive area, said state police Sgt. David Milligan.

"There's no indication that there was a random shooter," Milligan said. "But right now we're looking at everything. We're trying to see if there was a reason [the driver] was targeted."

Although the shooting occurred when traffic wasn't especially heavy, Milligan said he thinks there might have been witnesses, perhaps passing motorists who were unaware that a shooting was taking place.

Anyone who was traveling that stretch of the highway, near milepost 341, shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday and saw a vehicle speeding or moving suspiciously are urged to call state police at 215-560-6200.


Contact Laura Cofsky at 215-854-2771 or lcofsky@philly.com.

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