6-Year-Old Boy Shoots 3-Year-Old Brother Inside Philadelphia Home: Police

The boy was shot once in the left side of his forehead.

A 3-year-old boy is fighting for his life after he was shot in the head by his 6-year-old brother inside a home in the Tioga section of Philadelphia Saturday afternoon, according to police. 

The shooting occurred inside a house on the 3600 block of N. 18th Street at 3:04 p.m. Police say three brothers, ages 3, 6, and 12, were inside the home alone at the time. The 6-year-old boy grabbed a handgun inside the second floor bedroom and opened fire, striking his 3-year-old brother in the left side of his forehead, police said.

Neighbors heard the gunshot and called the child's family. The toddler was then taken to Temple University Hospital by police where he is currently in critical condition.

"To come home to hear about this is very disturbing and I hope and pray that he's going to be alright," said Charlene Aiken, a neighbor.

Police continue to investigate the shooting and are awaiting a search warrant for the home. No arrests have been made and police have not yet determined who the gun belongs to or how the child was able to get it.

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