Boy, 6, Killed in Accidental Shooting, Person in Custody, Police Say

A family member rushed the boy to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said

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A person is in custody after a 6-year-old boy died following what was likely an accidental shooting Sunday afternoon in northeast Philadelphia, investigators said.

The boy was shot in the chest on the 4600 block of Kendrick Street, in the city's Upper Holmesburg neighborhood, around 1 p.m., according to police.

A family member rushed the boy to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 1:30 p.m.

Commissioner Danielle Outlaw told NBC10 there were other children and an adult inside the home at the time of the shooting.

"We are still trying to piece together exactly what happened, interviewing witnesses," Outlaw said.

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, also said there had been "a lot of trouble" at the house, including recent shootings along the block. The neighbor believed most of the incidents were drug-related though police have not confirmed this.

Another neighbor said the family was having a 4th of July party with fireworks the night before.

"They were just having a party, a lot of noise going on but that's about it," he said.

Monday evening, police told NBC10 the shooting was likely accidental and that a person was in custody in connection to the incident. Police have not yet revealed the person's identity or the charges they'll face.

The incident was part of a violent weekend in Philadelphia in which at least seven people were killed and nearly two dozen hurt in more than one dozen separate shootings.

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