North Philadelphia

Police Now Say Boy, 10, Was Cut But Not Shot in North Philly

Philadelphia police officers stand at the scene where a 10-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet.

A 10-year-old boy was recovering in a hospital from cuts to the arm and stomach, though police now say it was not from a gunshot, as they initially indicated.

The child was at a family gathering on the 1300 block of W. York Street when someone reported a person with a gun shortly after 10:30 p.m., police said. They initially believed he was grazed by a bullet, but later said physicians determined the cuts were not the result of gunfire.

He was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and listed in stable condition.

Police were trying to determine what happened. They said they found a weapon in the area but were still investigating whether it had anything to do with the child's injuries.

This year, at least nine kids have died by gunfire and at least 39 others have been wounded as of April 8, according to the Philadelphia Office of the Controller.

The shootings come despite local and federal leaders announcing this week an all-hands-on-deck approach to combating gun violence and finding and prosecuting offenders.

They also come as the city continues to see increased shootings, both deadly and nondeadly.

 There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.

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