According to Philadelphia police, a 10-year-old boy was seriously injured after being shot in the head as he walked home from school on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
It happened around 3:30 p.m. in the city’s Frankford section.
“She cupped his head and tried to stop the bleeding and they took him to the hospital,” Harry Stork said, witnessing the shooting.
Joe Sullivan, deputy commissioner, said the gunfire came from a red or maroon Pontiac G6’s backseat.
Another child was hit by gunfire, Sullivan said.
The child, identified as Semaj O’Branty by family members, was rushed to the hospital. At this time, he has been classified in critical but stable condition.
Capt. John Walker said a person has been taken into custody who shot back at the Pontiac, but the shooter remains at large. Walker said that they have recovered the gun of that man in a recycling bin.
At about 8 p.m. O’Branty church members came out to sing and pray for him. They said the 10-year-old, who has two sisters, including one twin, loves to volunteer.
Pastor Richard Smith had some words tonight he hopes somehow the boy heard.
“I love him. I’m holding on with God for him and he’s going to be ok,” said Smith.
Please call the police at 215-686-TIPS to anyone with any information.