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4-year-old boy fatally shot in home invasion, police say

Crime Scene
Posted at 8:40 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 08:40:33-05

PHILADELPHIA — A home invasion robbery in Philadelphia early Thursday ended with a 4-year-old boy being shot and killed, authorities said.

Police responded to the home shortly before 1 a.m. after someone called 911.

The officers were met by the boy’s father, who was on the ground floor and holding another child. The wounded boy was found in an upstairs room, but he was unresponsive and was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital.

The father and the two young children were in the house when the home invasion occurred, authorities said, but the children's mother was at work. The father and the younger child were not injured.

It wasn't immediately clear why the child was shot or if anything was taken in the robbery, authorities said.