7-Year-Old in ‘Grave Condition' After Shooting on Violent Day in Philly
A seven-year-old boy is in critical condition Saturday after he was shot on a West Philadelphia street, according to police.
Police said the boy was shot once in the head on the 200 block of Simpson Street around 7:40 p.m. A vehicle with a bullet hole in its windshield was visible at the scene.
Police said the child is in "grave condition" at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Commissioner Danielle Outlaw condemned the violence in a statement Saturday night, saying it had no place in the city.
"We are committed to securing justice and promoting healing for all who are affected," she said. "While every act of gun violence is lamentable, it is especially tragic when the victim is among our most vulnerable; and it is our collective responsibility - police, and community - to ensure that our children are safe and well-protected. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the precious child and his family."
Police have someone in custody for the shooting. No weapon has been recovered from the scene.
The boy's shooting marked a day of continuing gun violence in which two other people were killed.
Shortly after 1 p.m. in Fairhill, a man in his 20s died after he was shot three times on Howard Street near Lehigh Avenue, according to a police spokesperson. He was taken to Temple University Hospital and pronounced dead at 1:33 p.m.
And around 6:30 p.m., a 34-year-old man was killed when he was shot six times in North Philadelphia ...
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