Boy, 9, Struck by Bullet in Southwest Philadelphia

A young boy was hit by gunfire Friday night as he played outside in the Kingsessing section of Southwest Philadelphia, police said.

He was hit in the left arm and rushed to a nearby hospital by police officers who arrived at the scene first, according to authorities. The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. as the boy played on the 5200 block of Upland Street.

He was listed in stable condition. Few details of the shooting are known and no arrests were made in the immediate aftermath, police said.

He was the second child under 10 years old struck by gunfire in the Philadelphia region within six hours Friday. About 3:30 p.m. in Chester City, Delaware County, a 7-year-old girl was hit in the leg by a bullet during a drive-by shooting.

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