PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The reward for information that leads to the capture of the man who shot and killed the son of a top Philadelphia police commander now stands at $35,000.
Nicholas Flacco, son of Chief Inspector of Internal Affairs Chris Flacco, was shot and killed Saturday night in South Philadelphia following the Phillies game.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross is calling the fatal shooting “a senseless act.”
He says some kind of argument involving a couple of women apparently attracted the attention of the shooter.
“An unknown male comes up, fires what we believe is one shot in the air and one shot in the ground, then inexplicably he leaves, and then comes back. And when he comes back, he fires one shot, striking Nicholas Flacco in the chest.”
Flacco was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where doctors pronounced him dead.
Flacco’s family said he was home from Penn State for the weekend to celebrate his 20th birthday. Ross said the entire police family is in mourning.
Detectives are investigating, and no arrests have been made. Witnesses say the shooter was wearing a dark hoodie and that he took off from the scene in a compact car.
Police are hoping that someone out there knows more and that the reward will generate a tip that leads to capturing the killer.
The reward fund includes contributions from the Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Union Local 22, the Fraternal Order of Police and the City of Philadelphia.
KYW Newsradio’s Kristen Johanson contributed to this report.