18-month-old suffers graze wound to head in East Germantown drive-by shooting

KYW Staff
January 13, 2020 - 8:17 am
East Germantown shooting

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A toddler is recovering after he was shot in the head in East Germantown Sunday afternoon.

Police say the 18-month-old was in his uncle’s arms when all of a sudden, they were hit.

“A car pulled up, they fired shots, and as a result both of them were struck,” said acting Police Commissioner Christine Coulter. “The child was struck in the head but it was only a graze wound.”

Coulter said the 26-year-old uncle shielded the boy the best he could, likely saving his life.

The shooting occurred on East Pastorius Street, near Germantown Avenue and Washington Lane, around 5 p.m. Sunday. Police say the boy’s uncle was clearly the target, and the shooter knew he had the toddler in his arms.

The uncle was shot in the shoulder. As both recover, police are trying to figure out who pulled the trigger. 

They’re also working on several cases, as this weekend was a violent and deadly one in Philadelphia. Seven people were killed over the weekend, including a 15-year-old boy. Several others were wounded, and in many of these cases, Coulter said the criminals are trying to go after someone in particular.

"Sometimes they don’t even get that right," she added. "They target somebody else, and you look at yesterday’s instance and an 18-month-old gets shot."

Coulter hopes people, in this case and the other violent incidents, step up.

“Every single block that I’ve been on in Philadelphia, there’s way more good people than bad,” she said.

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KYW Newsradio’s Tim Jimenez and Shara Dae Howard contributed to this report.