Child Shot in the Back

The victim is the second 11-year-old to be shot in two days.

By Sarah Glover
|  Sunday, Apr 6, 2014  |  Updated 11:56 PM EDT
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An 11-year-old boy was shot in the back near the corner of Oxford and Gratz Streets as he was outside Sunday afternoon enjoying the weather.

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An 11-year-old boy was shot in the back near the corner of Oxford and Gratz Streets as he was outside Sunday afternoon enjoying the weather.

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An 11-year-old boy ran inside a house for help after he was shot near Temple University Sunday afternoon. The boy is the second 11-year-old to be shot in two days.

The boy was outside enjoying the nice weather when he became a random victim of a gun battle. Witnesses say, after they shooting, they saw the boy running down the street and ducking into a rowhome.

The juvenile was shot in the back in the 1500 block of N. Gratz St. at 3:48 p.m. The shots were fired from a blue Mercury Grand Marquis. The vehicle fled in an unknown direction, according to Philadelphia Police.

The victim was transported to Temple Hospital and listed in critical condition. Police have yet to report how many times the victim was struck by the gunfire. At least 15 shell casings were found at the scene, according to detectives. No arrests have been made.

Today's shooting victim is the third child to become a victim of gunfire in the past week.

On Saturday, Police say a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed Jamara Stevens, his 11-year-old sister, in their Mantua home while their mother was just down the hall in the bathroom.

A 17-year-old was shot in the face last Sunday. Antonio Flores was found with a gun shot wound to the head in a Spring Garden apartment. His friend Sergio Santiago, 22, was arrested later in the week.

Philadelphia Police is asking for the public's help. Call 215-686-3093 with information related to the 11-year-old's shooting.

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