Uncle of 10-year-old shot in head in Frankford charged for returning fire; shooter still at-large

Tim Jimenez
November 08, 2019 - 11:17 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The uncle of a 10-year-old boy who was shot earlier this week in Frankford has been charged, but the person who shot the child is still on the loose.

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said 22-year-old Ernest Richardson faces reckless endangerment and gun charges for firing back at the drive-by shooter, who left his nephew wounded Wednesday afternoon as he was walking home from school.

The boy was shot in the back of the head near Warren G. Harding Middle School and remains in critical condition.

It’s unclear who the intended target was, but police say the incident was likely over drugs. 

In the meantime, Acting Police Commissioner Christine Coulter said they're still searching for the shooter, and she urges witnesses to step up and come forward.

“It's not a mystery. People didn't come and randomly shoot at people who were on the corner, and the fact that they let a little boy who was shot, suffering in the hospital, and not stepping up to identify the people responsible just really doesn't make any sense to me at all,” she said.

Police say the drive-by shooter was in a red Pontiac G6. Anyone with information should call police at 215–686-TIPS or 911.

Philadelphia Police Department

The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 is offering a $5,000 reward that leads to the arrest of the shooter.

“This was a senseless act of violence against a child walking home from school,” added FOP Lodge 5 President John McNesby. “A tip from the public can help close this case, and we’ll pay our reward upon arrest.”