A 22-year-old man has been charged with aggravated assault after shooting his father in the face Tuesday afternoon during a drive on the Schuylkill Expressway, police confirmed Wednesday.
According to 6 ABC
, South Philadelphia resident Kymere Corbin was riding in the back seat of a white 2010 Buick LaCrosse being driven by his father, 42-year-old Elbert Corbin Jr. The elder Corbin was driving his son to Malvern to receive treatment for drug and mental health issues at the Malvern Institute. Also in the car was Antoinette Bates, who sat in the passenger seat.
Prosecutors say Kymere Corbin got into an argument with his father, eventually producing a handgun and shooting the Elbert Corbin in the face on I-76 West near Spring Garden Street in West Conshohocken.
Corbin was able to stop the car without hitting any other vehicles and was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Corbin remains in critical condition. No injuries were reported to Bates.
Police were able to recover the weapon at the scene and arrested Kymere Corbin, taking him to the PSP Philadelphia Barracks in Wynnefield Heights, where he was questioned overnight. Corbin initially said that his father shot himself, but later recanted and said that the gun discharged during a struggle over the weapon.
Police say that they do not have evidence of Kymere Corbin purchasing or obtaining a permit to own a legal handgun. He is being held on $500,000 cash bail.