PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police have been searching for a teenage boy they say accidentally shot a 64-year-old man before handing the weapon to another teen and running away.
Police say the suspect was reportedly playing with the gun when it fired just after 5 p.m. Tuesday in north Philadelphia. The wounded man was taken to a hospital, but his name and condition haven’t been released.
Chief Inspector Scott Small says the shooter gave the gun to an 18-year-old who threw it into a vacant lot but stayed at the scene. Police don’t believe that young man is the shooter, but they believe he knows who the shooter is. Police say the 18-year-old could be charged with illegally possessing the weapon, however.
Police say the victim lived in a nearby boarding house.