SPRINGFIELD, Pa. (CBS) — Springfield police have arrested a Darby man in connection with a highway shooting that left a 54-year-old man dead earlier this week. Saddiq Washington, 22, is being charged with several crimes, including first-degree murder, third-degree murder and recklessly endangering another person for killing King Hua.
“This is a brutal and senseless act,” said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollesteimer.
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Hua was killed simply for driving too slowly, according to police. The murder has the residents of Springfield nervous.
Police say the key to catching the suspect was surveillance video from a Drexel Hill auto body shop.
Washington was arrested Thursday night at his home in Darby. Police say surveillance video and tips from the community were instrumental in detectives arresting Washington less than 48 hours after the murder. Authorities say he confessed to the crime.
Saddiq Washington, 22, is charged with murder, recklessly endangering another person and other crimes in the shooting of King Hua Wednesday on S. State Rd. in Springfield. @SPD91_Delco they believe Washington shot Hua in the head because Hua was driving too slowly. pic.twitter.com/Bq920q85qK
—Madeleine Wright (@MWrightReports) July 1, 2022
Stollesteimer said Washington had a concealed carry permit and legally purchased the firearm.
Washington had nothing to say when officers escorted him from the police department to the courthouse for his arraignment Friday morning.
Police say Hua was shot in the head, right in front of his wife, while driving to work on South State Road near Meetinghouse Lane during rush hour Wednesday morning.
According to a criminal complaint, Hua was driving to work in a white Toyota when witnesses saw a dark blue Chevy Equinox aggressively changing lanes and passing other cars.
Police say Washington’s mother was driving the truck and stopped, and Washington later shot the victim.
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“He is the individual who leaned out of the vehicle and killed Mr. Hua based on the fact that he believed Mr. Hua was not driving fast enough on State Road,” Stollsteimer said.
It’s unclear if Washington’s mother will face charges at this time.
Police say surveillance video from Bud’s Auto Body Shop captured the license plate of Washington’s SUV after it left the scene.
From there, detectives were able to track the suspect to his Darby home and arrest him Thursday night.
“I’m happy they got it because it was a senseless act,” Bud’s owner Andy Rossi said.
Hua’s obituary says that he emigrated from Vietnam to the United States in 1990 to provide his family with a better life. He leaves behind a wife and a daughter.
Springfield Township Police Chief Joseph Daly credits his detectives’ hard work in securing the arrest.
“We talked to the Hua family last night and there is nothing you can do to ease their pain,” Daly said. “But hopefully they will be able to take something out of this, that the person who savagely took their loved one’s life for an ungodly reason, hopefully, they will take some comfort in knowing that this individual will face justice. and he won’t hurt anyone else.”
Visitation for the victim is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 am at O’Leary Funeral Home in Springfield.
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CBS3’s Jan Carabeo and Madeleine Wright contributed to this report.
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