Uncle charged in drive-by shooting that left boy wounded
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A relative of a 10-year-old boy shot in the head during a drive-by shooting in Philadelphia this week is now facing charges because he allegedly fired shots back at the shooter.
Authorities say 22-year-old Ernest Richardson was walking with his nephew around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when shots were fired at them. The boy was critically wounded.
Richardson allegedly returned fire at the car before dropping the weapon in a recycling bin.
He’s charged with reckless endangerment and weapons offenses. It wasn’t known Friday if he has retained an attorney.
Richardson’s nephew, Semaj O’Branty, remains hospitalized. Authorities say he was hit in the back of the head by a stray bullet. No one has been charged.
It’s not known if anyone in the vehicle was wounded.