Armed Teens Chase, Brutally Beat 11-Year-Old Boy at Philly Playground: Police

An 11-year-old boy playing basketball at a Philadelphia playground suffered a vicious beating at gunpoint at the hands of people police say were older teenagers.

Now, police are asking the public's help to identify the boy's attackers.

Police said the young victim was playing at the basketball court in the park at Olney Recreation Center, at A Street and Champlost Avenue in the Olney neighborhood, about 4:50 p.m. July 12 when four teens began chasing him.

The boy ran, but police said the teens caught up with him in a nearby alley. When they did, police said, one pulled a handgun out and forced the boy to remove his clothes before the group began punching him in his stomach and face.

The teens then fled, leaving the injured boy in the alley. It's unclear why they attacked the child in the first place.

Police on Wednesday released a grainy surveillance still showing one of the suspects in hopes that someone can help identify that teen and his accomplices.

Tipsters are asked to call the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251 or 3252 or text a tip to PPD TIP (773847).

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