Cops: 15-year-old playing with revolver accidentally shoots cousin


A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Kensington Thursday evening after police say he accidentally shot his 18-year-old cousin while playing with a gun.

Cops were called to a house on Birch Street near Frankford Avenue shortly after 6:30 p.m. and found the 18-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach in the living room, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. He was taken to Temple University Hospital and listed in critical but stable condition

Upon investigation, Small said, cops learned that the 18-year-old's 15-year-old cousin had been playing with a .38 revolver, which accidentally went off, wounding the older teen. After the gun went off, the younger cousin took off with the revolver in a bag, fleeing to a house on the next block of Birch Street, near Emerald, according to Small.

Police found the 15-year-old in the other house shortly thereafter. He admitted to shooting his cousin by accident, Small said. When adults in the house gave cops permission to search, they found the bag containing the gun and heroin, investigators said. The teen was arrested on the spot for the shooting and drug possession.