Philadelphia: 13-year-old boy shot in the head is in critical condition, 2 arrested, police say

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Philadelphia police arrested two suspects Sunday night following a shooting that left a 13-year-old boy in hospital, police said.

Elijah Simmons, 19, and Caresa McFarland, 32, were both arrested in connection with the incident, which happened on Saturday, and face different charges in connection with the shooting, Fox 29 reported from Philadelphia.

The unidentified 13-year-old victim was shot in the head on Saturday and was taken to a local hospital, police said. He remains in critical condition.

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The boy was not the target of the shooting and his injury was believed to be an accident, police said.

Simmons was charged with aggravated assault while McFaland was charged with reckless endangerment, according to KYW-TV.

Elijah Simmons (left) and Caresa McFarland (right) have been arrested and charged with shooting a 13-year-old boy.  (Philadelphia Police Department)

Elijah Simmons (left) and Caresa McFarland (right) have been arrested and charged with shooting a 13-year-old boy. (Philadelphia Police Department)
(Philadelphia Police Department)

The incident may have been linked to a carjacking that allegedly happened at the same time, but police did not provide further details.

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Also on Sunday, Philadelphia police officers responded to a fatal drive-by shooting incident, shooting the suspects as they escaped the scene, KYW-TV reported.

The two officers were allegedly investigating an unrelated homicide when they repeatedly witnessed three suspects in an SUV and fatally shot a 31-year-old man, police said. The victim was shot at least 15 times and was pronounced dead at the scene, Philadelphia officers added.

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Officers responded quickly to the incident, shooting the suspects multiple times before the suspects fled, police said.

Shallow depth of field image taken of a yellow law enforcement line with a police car and lights in the background.

Shallow depth of field image taken of a yellow law enforcement line with a police car and lights in the background.
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“It appears that the vehicle the shooters were in was hit by gunfire,” Inspector DF Pace said in a statement, KYW-TV reported. “It is unclear at this time, however, if anyone in this vehicle was hit by gunfire from officers while unloading.”

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