Philadelphia Man Under Arrest After 8-Year-Old Shoots 4-Year-Old

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A 23-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man was expected to be charged today, after his four-year-old son was allegedly shot by his eight-year-old nephew.

Police say the two children were playing video games in the man’s house, in the 5000 block of Homestead Street, around 10 AM Saturday.  The man says he heard a pop and found his son in the living room, shot through the pelvic area.

The children allegedly found a loaded gun under the couch, and while playing with it the gun went off.

The four-year-old was taken to the emergency room of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where he was listed in stable condition.

The father is now facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering another person.

Reported by Jim Melwert, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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  1. Key Newmeforever says:

    ITS SO SAD TO HEAR THIS BUT I HOPE THE BABY RECOVER I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY SOME PEOPLE FEEL THAT THIS CANT BE THERE CHILD AN A GUN . IT IS NOT SMART TO HAVE A LOADED GUN IN A HOUSE WITH CHILDREN AT ALL CHILDERN FIND EVERY THING EVEN THE SMALLEST CRUM IN THE CRACK OF GROUND I NO THAT PARENT IS VERY ANGRY AT THERE SELF SO SAD IT REALLY IS .

  2. Karen says:

    The idiot left a gun within reach of small children – he absolutely should be charged and imprisoned. It is a shame that such imbeciles are allowed to be parents in the first place. Careless, stupid, and selfish – these words describe the man in the article and the commentator above who thinks leaving a gun out in the open for the kids to play with ought to be blamed on the kids, not the parent.

  3. Rudy says:

    I agree the man IS responsible but doesn’t it also seem odd that he had a gun under a sofa?

  4. Carolyn says:

    PRICELESS BEHAVIOR COMING FROM A PARENT!!!

  5. ARRESTING THE PARENT ? says:

    THIS IS CRAZY THINKING. TO ARREST THE PARENT FOR BAD BEHAVIOR OF THEIR CHILDREN… PLS,… DONT TELL THE POLITICIANS IN HARRISBURG

    THANK GOD, MY KIDS ARE LONG AGO GROWN. I COULD BE DOING 2O YEARS

    MAD SCIENTIST OF OXFORD CIRCLE

    1. Bill says:

      When the adult leaves a loaded gun in reach of a child, yes, he should be charged. You are a moron if you think otherwise. Totally preventable.

      1. Theresa says:

        I agree with you Bill first of all ehy have a gun period when you have kids uggg makes me angry… Kids are curious they found it under the couch how stupid can he be he should have put it where noone could find only him…

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