Mayfair boy, 4, shoots himself


Phil­adelphia po­lice of­fi­cially are re­leas­ing few de­tails of Sat­urday’s shoot­ing in­volving a 4-year-old May­fair boy, but his single chest wound ap­pears to be self-in­flic­ted.

A po­lice de­part­ment spokes­wo­man, Of­ficer Jill­ian Rus­sell, said that the spe­cial vic­tims unit is still in­vest­ig­at­ing how the young­ster would have got­ten his hands on a gun. The gun­fire oc­curred at about 7 p.m. in a house on the 6200 block of Cardiff St.

The boy, whose iden­tity has not been re­leased pub­licly, was taken to St. Chris­toph­er’s Hos­pit­al for Chil­dren, where he re­mained in crit­ic­al, but stable con­di­tion on Tues­day.

One pub­lished re­port, which did not cite a source, stated that the youth found a hand­gun un­der his moth­er’s bed pil­low. The re­port iden­ti­fied the weapon as a .38-caliber.

It was un­known if adults were home at the time. No crim­in­al charges have been filed. ••


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