Boy, 13, Faces Charges for Shooting Self & Girl While Playing With Gun Inside South Philadelphia Home

A day after police said a boy accidentally shot himself and his friend inside a South Philadelphia home, investigators charged the boy with assault.

The 13-year-old boy was playing with a gun inside a home on the 2100 block of Etting Terrace when the weapon went off around 8:30 p.m., police said. The boy was struck in the left hand while his friend, a 12-year-old girl, was struck in the right knee by the same bullet, said police.

Both children were taken to area hospitals in stable condition.

On Tuesday, Philadelphia Police announced charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and weapons counts against the teenage boy, who wasn't identified since he is a minor.

Officials have not yet revealed the owner of the gun.

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