Child shot was no stranger to police

February 25, 2009 9:06:43 PM PST
Police say a 12-year-old boy was intentionally shot in West Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon, and authorities say the victim had previously been in trouble with the law.Officers were called to the area of 62nd and Spruce at around 3:45 p.m.

When they arrived, they found the wounded child.

Police say was in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Later Wednesday, he came out of surgery and taken to the intensive care unit.

According to investigators, a young man, between the age of 13 to 15, walked up to the white Chevrolet Impala the boy was in and shot the child, blowing out the passenger door window.

the boy was in a car, a white Chevy Impala, when someone fired five shots through a passenger-side window.

Two bullets hit the boy, one striking his chest and the other hit him in the hand.

Police tell Action News the 12-year-old was the intended target of this shooting.

Officers say the child was previously in trouble with the law, having been arrested on narcotics charges when he was 11.

They also say the incident may be possibly linked to a shooting of a 17-year-old at 61st and Irving Friday night, which was said to be drug related.

The suspect is described as a 13 to 15-year-old black male, about 5'5 to 5'8, 120 to 130 pounds, wearing tan uniform pants, a black hooded sweatshirt with a gold symbol, and black shoes He was seen fleeing from the area.

Investigators say the mother was not in the car with the boy at the time he was shot, but was approaching the car when the shooting happened.

The boy's mother was not hurt, however she was said to be "hysterical."

The mother was taken to the hospital to be interviewed by police.

So far, there is no word as to the motive of this shooting.

Anyone with information on the shooter is being asked to call Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183, or simply call 911.

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