Police said a 10-year-old girl was fatally injured in an apparent accidental shooting in a house in southwest Philadelphia on Thursday night.
The incident occurred at around 9:30 in the evening in a household along the 5500 block of Whitby Avenue.
Investigators said the child had a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was pronounced dead. The girl was not immediately identified.
The police have not announced any arrests or charges related to this incident.
The shooting happened a week later 10-year-old boy shot himself After a loaded gun was found in a household in the Nicetown-Tioga district of the city. The Philadelphia Police Chief Danielle Outlaw expressed regret at the loss of another young life in a preventable incident.
Less than a week after a 10-year-old child met his family in the hospital, the child died of gunshot wounds from a self-explosion, and another 10-year-old child died in a similar manner. These tragedies are completely preventable!Protecting the safety of guns is the responsibility of adults
— Danielle M. Outlaw (@PPDCommish) July 2, 2021
In 2021, more than 100 teenagers in Philadelphia will be victims of shootings, up from 68 last year. Philadelphia Gun Violence Reporting CenterThe interactive dashboard project uses statistics from Philadelphia Open Data and is a collaboration between the Philadelphia Black Journalists Association and the Better Gun Violence Reporting Initiative.