ROAD RAGE: Dad Shot In Head As Daughter Watches

road_rage.jpgDAILY NEWS: Thomas Timko, 40, remains in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after being shot in the head by an enraged motorist shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday. Timko, of Lebanon, N.J., had just passed over the Walt Whitman Bridge and was traveling westbound on Interstate 76 into Philadelphia with his 8-year-old daughter when he pulled his Toyota Highlander over to the shoulder for an unknown reason, said Lt. Frank Vanore, city police spokesman. Soon after, he merged back into traffic and engaged in an argument with another motorist near the Passyunk Avenue exit, Vanore said. The other driver fired at least four shots at Timko’s car using a .40-caliber, semiautomatic weapon, striking him once in the head, police said. Timko’s car came to a stop on the left side of the highway, Vanore said. The girl was unharmed. MORE

INQUIRER: Katie Timko told police there was an exchange between the other driver and her father, who opened the moonroof and gestured with his hand. Police found four bullet casings on the highway near the left lane where Timko stopped after he was shot, Vanore said. “It looks like maybe he turned back and was trying to shield his daughter or push her down,” Vanore said. With so many shots fired, Roccia said, “I don’t know how she’s alive.” Timko was shot in the right side of his forehead after a bullet shattered the rear passenger window, police said. At least three bullets went into the Highlander. Katie Timko’s mother, who did not want to be identified, said the girl reported that “Daddy was hit in the head and then he pulled over, and he fell asleep,” according to a report on CBS3. MORE

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