A prisoner was shot and killed moments after he was released from a Philadelphia jail. Authorities said that Rodney Hargrove, 20, was taken to a drop-off spot at a bus stop outside the main gate of the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.
While Hargrove was waiting for his family to pick him up, a vehicle approached, and Hargrove ran back towards the prison. The car pursued him onto the prison grounds, driving through a security arm that was raised. Occupants inside the vehicle opened fire, striking Hargrove multiple times.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hargrove was arrested on March 11 and was facing charges of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, firearms carried without a license, carrying a loaded weapon, and fleeing or eluding police. He was released early Thursday (March 18) morning after a bail company posted his $200,000 bail.
Prison guards did not witness the shooting but did see a dark-colored sedan speeding away from the scene. There were no cameras at the bus stop or in the area where the shooting took place.
“There are some cameras on the grounds, but they say none of them are in the immediate area where this shooting took place. So according to some of the staff here at the prison, they say there are no cameras that would have recorded anything, based on where the victim’s body and where the ballistic evidence is,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
Authorities did not say if they had any suspects in the shooting.