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Arrest made in shooting of 6-year-old boy in N. Philly

Chris Palmer, Staff Writer

Updated: Sunday, October 1, 2017, 6:11 PM

Abdul Holmes, 22, was charged with attempted murder and related counts for allegedly shooting a 6-year-old boy in North Philadelphia.

A 22-year-old man was arrested Sunday and charged with attempted murder and related counts for allegedly shooting a 6-year-old boy Friday night in North Philadelphia, according to police.

Abdul Holmes was taken into custody by Central Detectives and the SWAT team, who executed a search and arrest warrant Sunday morning at a home in an undisclosed location. Holmes also was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, three gun-related counts, and reckless endangerment, police said.

His court records did not list a lawyer.

Holmes is accused of opening fire around 7:48 p.m. Friday at 24th and Norris Streets, striking a 6-year-old boy once in the left shoulder while he stood with his father and 15-year-old brother outside their residence, police said.

The boy, whom police did not identify, was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Police said Sunday he was in good condition.

The shooting scene is across the street from a playground.

Holmes in July 2015 was charged with aggravated assault, robbery, and related counts, but the case was dismissed, according to court records. The records did not provide an explanation.

He faced a similar battery of charges in 2012, according to court records, but that case also was dismissed. A theft-related case, for which Holmes was charged in 2011, was dismissed as well, court records show.

Similarly, the records did not provide an explanation.

Staff writer Diane Mastrull contributed to this article.

Chris Palmer, Staff Writer

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