'This didn't need to happen': Grandfather, military vet killed in Philadelphia carjacking

A Philadelphia grandfather and military veteran was gunned down Sunday night during a carjacking outside his mother's house in Rhawnhurst. 

According to the Philadelphia Police Department, 60-year-old George Briscella was visiting his mother at her house on the 2100 block of Afton Street around 8 p.m.

Video surveillance footage shows Briscella walking towards a 2020 Toyota Rav4 parked in the driveway when three unknown suspects approach him a minute later. 

Soon after, police say three shots were fired from an AR-15 style rifle and one hit Briscella on the right side of the abdomen. He was taken to Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital where he died.

The Rav4 was last spotted heading towards Large Street and has a temporary license plate tag of last 514-67PD.

Philadelphia Police Homicide Detective Jason Smith called the deadly carjacking "a crime of opportunity."

Investigators believe the three suspects could be linked to other carjackings. 

"Total disregard for human life, a great human life," Tony Briscella said of his father's killing. 

"This didn't need to happen in a city that we all grew up in and loved, and it continues to deteriorate."


Editor's Note: Police originally identified the victim using an incorrect last name. This article has been updated to reflect their correction. 



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