Philadelphia Father Shot and Killed Protecting His 2-Year-Old Daughter

Philadelphia Father Shot and Killed Protecting His 2-Year-Old Daughter

When it comes down to the wire, when nobody but you stands between evil and your loved ones, will you be capable of defending them?

On Thursday, Philadelphia resident Gerard Grandzol had just finished a day at the park playing frisbee with his 2-year-old daughter and family dog. He parked his vehicle and was approached by two men intent on robbing him.

One of the suspects pointed a gun at the 38-year-old father-of-two and demanded his wallet. He gave it up.

It was when they demanded his car keys that Grandzol drew the line and refused — his two-year-old daughter was in the back seat.

The gunman fired twice at point-blank range, striking Grandzol in the face, then fled with his companion. Neighbors rushed to Grandzol's side to help him, but their efforts were in vain. An eyewitness later described the scene:

“By the time we ran up to him, people were bandaging him, holding him. And right in the head, right in the face, there was a pool of blood.”
— Local unidentified resident

Grandzol was rushed by police to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he later died.

From 6ABC News:

Investigators say the suspects are in their late teens or early twenties and the motive was to rob Grandzol. They also say they believe the attack was random.

Residents were left in shock.
”He loved Philadelphia. He loved Spring Garden,” another neighbor said.

That neighbor, who knew Grandzol, did not want to be identified out of fear of retaliation. However, he says he was a member of the Spring Garden Civic Association with Grandzol.

”He was a very strong and active member of this community. A husband and a father - was murdered three block from my home,” he said. “It was very similar to muggings that have been going on in this neighborhood for at least 12 to 18 months.”

The neighbor says what happened Thursday night is the result of a buildup of violence over many months.

”There was a number of serious muggings that started taking place. Primarily they were teenagers attacking men and women.”

Gun-control would not have saved Grandzol's life.

Neutering the criminal justice system would not have saved Grandzol's life.

In fact, there is little by way of disincentive for the animals that took Grandzol's life to carry on taking more victims — in Philadelphia, less than 50% of murders are ever solved — the lowest police clearance rate in 15 years.

Gerald Grandzol died protecting his innocent 2-year-old daughter. He never had a chance. Any one of us could've been him.

What steps have you taken to ensure the survival of you and your loved ones?

Stay alert. Stay alive.

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