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Police: Boy, 7, shot on porch dies; 1 charged, 2 sought

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 7-year-old boy struck by a bullet on the front porch of a west Philadelphia home over the weekend died Monday as prosecutors announced that one man has been charged and two more were being sought, authorities said.

Zamar Jones was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. Monday, Staff Inspector Sekou Kinebrew told The Philadelphia Inquirer. The boy had been sitting on his porch steps, next to his toy race car and scooter, when gunfire broke out on the block at about 7:40 p.m. Saturday, officials said. A spokeswoman for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where the boy was taken, said she couldn’t comment.

The Philadelphia district attorney’s office earlier said 27-year-old Christopher Linder was charged with attempted murder, aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangerment, weapons crimes and other counts.

The city’s police commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, said after the shooting that she and other officials were “heartbroken by the tragedy.”

Prosecutors said Linder is charged in the shootout that wounded the child, in an earlier alleged attempt to kill a man, and for alleged theft of a vehicle as he fled the scene. At least two other people are being sought, and anyone with information was being asked to call investigators.

Court documents indicate that Linder will be represented by the Defender Association of Philadelphia; a message was left with an attorney with the group Monday.

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