Cops looking for young boy seen pulling gun in video

Screenshot from surveillance video released on April 25, 2013 showing a boy with what apears to be a handgun in Philadelphia's Tioga section.

Police on Thursday released surveillance video showing a young boy who appears to be about 10 years old brandishing a handgun in the city’s Tioga section Monday evening.

Cops are on the hunt for that boy and two older juveniles who they say are wanted for questioning in connection with a 27-year-old man who was threatened at gunpoint in the area around the same time that the video was taken.

In the bizarre video, a boy barely taller than a newspaper box he walks by at the corner of 16th and Ontario streets pulls what appears to be a black handgun out and points it at a girl. She puts her hands up as if she’s being robbed, but then appears to walk away unharmed. The rest of the video shows the same boy and a group of other teens causing ruckus at the corner, including by jumping onto an SUV stopped at the stop sign.

Police say about 20 minutes after the boy with the gun and the other teens can be seen in the video, around 6:45 p.m., a 27-year-old man was walking on 16th Street nearby when a group of juveniles stopped him, one pulling a black handgun from a backpack and saying, “Hey buddy.”

The man was unharmed and ran into a house to call 9-1-1, police said. The suspects took off on 16th Street toward Allegheny Avenue.

Three boys are wanted for questioning in connection with the incident. Police described them as follows:

Suspect 1: Black, 10 to 12 years old, 4 feet 9 and thin, wearing a red T-shirt with white writing, blue shorts, green sneakers and carrying a multicolored backpack.

Suspect 2: Black, 14 to 16 years old, thin, dark complexion, 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 7, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, black and white sneakers and carrying a red backpack.

Suspect 3: Black, 14 to 16 years old, thin, light complexion, close-cut hair on the sides, 5 feet 5 to 5 feet7, wearing a red zip-up hooded sweatshirt, camouflage pants and black and white sneakers.

Tipsters should contact the Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353, call the tip line at 215-686-TIPS (8477), text a tip to PPD TIP (773847) or submit a tip online.