Sources: Boy, 10, seen on video had a BB gun; parents turned it in

April 26, 2013 2:32:40 PM PDT
Authorities on Friday told Action News reporter Dann Cuellar the weapon seen in surveillance video being wielded by 10-year-old boy was a BB gun, and it has been turned in to police by his parents.

Philadelphia Police have yet to file any charges as a result of that video, which showed three youngsters, one as young as 10 years old, pointing the BB gun at people in Nicetown.

Word Thursday night was that the 10-year-old had said the gun was a toy.

Two of the alleged gun-pointers, the 10-year-old and a 14-year-old boy, came to see police with their parents Thursday night. Lawmen are still waiting for the third.

Action News cameras caught the 10-year-old being driven away from Northwest Detectives after being interviewed Thursday night.

The series of incidents happened around 6:25 p.m. on Monday, April 22nd at 16th and Ontario streets.

The 10-year-old boy is seen on surveillance video approaching a female and pointing a gun at her. Police say that female put her hands up as if she was being robbed, but continued to walk away from the area.

The video shows another young suspect appear, who took the handgun from the juvenile and walks east on Ontario Street. He then crouches down and points the gun at another group of males.

He then runs and joins the group at 16th and Ontario Streets.

The video also shows the group swarming over an SUV stopped at the intersection. The passenger door opens and a person inside appears to be talking to a member of the group.

After a few moments, the SUV drives away.

Late Thursday night, police say the group knew those inside the SUV.

After that incident, police say a 27-year-old male victim was then approached by the group of young men 20 minutes later in the 3300 block of North 16th Street. One of the suspects reached into his backpack, pulled out a handgun, pointed it at him, and said "Hey buddy."

The man then ran into a house and called 911 as the suspects fled south on 16th Street toward Allegheny Avenue.

Police say that situation could have gone horribly wrong. The victim is military and has a permit to carry.

"He's shocked. OK? He thinks it's a real gun. He goes back in to retrieve his own, because he's got a permit to carry as active duty military. This could have went a lot farther. We could have been investigating why he shot these kids with a toy gun," explained Lieutenant McClay.

Police say charges will definitely be filed. The charges could be anywhere from disorderly conduct to aggravated assault.


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