Family of 10-year-old boy caught in crossfire in November shooting says he's up and moving

Jay Scott Smith
December 13, 2019 - 9:41 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The 10-year-old boy who was caught in the middle of a shooting in Northeast Philadelphia last month is now fully awake.

The family of Semaj O'Branty — who was shot in the back of the head while walking home from school on Nov. 6 — says the boy is now fully awake and conscious.

O'Branty is shown on a Youtube video in a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace. The boy doesn't speak in the video but is shown responding to questions.

Authorities say he was caught in the crossfire of a drug-related shootout on the 2000 block of Margaret Street in Frankford.

The boy's uncle, 22-year-old Ernest Richardson, was walking with O'Branty when a red Pontiac G6 pulled alongside them and opened fire.

Philadelphia police say Richardson tried to shield the boy, but O'Branty was hit in the back of the head by a stray bullet. 

Richardson fired back at the shooter and was later charged with recklessly endangering another person, violation of the uniform firearms act, and possession of an instrument of crime.

The shooter in the red G6 is still at large and anyone with information should call the Philadelphia police.