Carjacker beaten to death after stealing auto with small kids inside

Police say a women left her car running with three small children outside a pizza shop on 29th and Dauphin St. at about 9 p.m

Police say a women left her car running with three small children outside a pizza shop on 29th and Dauphin St. at about 9 p.m

A 54-year-old man who police say stole a vehicle left running with three young children inside was beaten to death in Philadelphia by the kids' parents and onlookers after he got stuck in traffic.

As the woman was speaking to her partner, the thief climbed into the auto and drove off.

Philadelphia police say the auto was parked at a pizza restaurant with its engine running when the man drove off around 9:15 p.m. Thursday.

The parents, both aged 25, ran after the vehicle, which became stuck in traffic nearby.

Police say that they are continuing to investigate and are trying to track down the other males involved in the assault, reported CBS, which was captured by a nearby surveillance camera. The vehicle thief only drove half a block before he became stuck in traffic.

"They were able to pull this auto thief out of the vehicle", chief inspector Scott Small, of the Philadelphia Police Department, told local television station WPVI. "And the boyfriend caught up to him and there was some sort of physical struggle that ensued", Small said. The suspect was taken to the hospital where he later died.

A large crowd who was present at the scene stopped the carjacker and beat him.

"I'm not a fan of street justice", Philadelphia Police Capt. Jason Smith said at a press conference Friday.

The mother and father were taken in for questioning and were said to be cooperating with police.

Cops are now waiting for the Medical Examiner's Office to determine Hood's cause of death.