Philadelphia Dad Killed While Protecting 2-Year-Old from Carjackers

A father was murdered in Philadelphia on Thursday night after playing a game of frisbee with his two-year-old daughter and dog.

Gerard Grandzol, 38, had just parked around 8 p.m. when the two suspects confronted him.

Gerard Grandzol, 38, was shot and killed after refusing to give up his vehicle keys because his daughter was in the backseat. NBC10’s Deanna Durante has more on the search for the killers.

A father protecting his daughter during a carjacking along a Spring Garden street was shot in the face and later died, Philadelphia police said Friday.

Brendan Fernald, Grandzol’s friend and neighbor, rushed over to help and try to keep him alive.

Homicide detectives are reviewing surveillance video from the area in an attempt to identify the suspects.

“He was the neighbor and friend I wish everyone was fortunate enough to have”, said Brad Griffith, a longtime friend and neighbor, told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Gerard Grandzol, 38, was shot in the face during a carjacking attempt along his block in Spring Garden on September 7, 2017.

Ryan described the deadly carjacking as an apparent “crime of opportunity” saying that the men seemed to be passing through the neighborhood when they singled out Grandzol.

Grandzol was the executive director of Special Counsel’s Philadelphia office.

The shooting occurred on the 1500 block of Melon Street, a narrow one-way street lined with newly constructed townhouses in the Spring Garden neighborhood.

“And I’m going to miss him”.

“We’re pursuing all the investigative leads and avenues open to us”.

The incident happened outside of the family home where his wife and two children were at the time. The family welcomed home a newborn baby girl only five weeks ago. “There’s a great deal of people upstairs working on this job”, Captain Ryan said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.

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