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March 08, 2020

Police: Accidental shooting in Olney puts 4-year-old child in hospital, suspect arrested

The incident took place around 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night, police said

A 4-year-old boy was accidentally shot on Saturday night in the Olney neighborhood of the city, Philadelphia police said.

Police said that the incident occurred around 8:00 p.m. on the 550 block of N. 4th St. when a 23-year-old man who was playing with a group of children inside a home accidentally fired a gun for an unknown reason and shot the young boy in the hip.

The boy was transported to Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he’s in critical but stable condition, the police said. 

Police said that the man who fired off the gunshot initially left the scene of the shooting in a car with another man. The suspect, who knows the family of the boy who was struck by the bullet, has turned himself into the police.

The parents of the wounded boy were in the home when the gunshots were fired, police said

Police said that the suspect arrested was Jerrod Miner of Philadelphia, according to CBS 3. He was charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, and other related offenses, according to the police.

Police are still investigating the matter, including the whereabouts of the man who fled the scene with the suspect in the car.

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