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Police: Adults say they don't know how boy suffered gunshot wound at Penn Hills home

Dillon Carr
| Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 1:27 p.m.

Police are looking into how a 7-year-old Penn Hills boy ended up with a gunshot wound to his ankle at his home around 11 a.m. Thursday.

Adults in the house on Harvard Drive told officials they don't know what happened, Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton said.

“There were numerous adults in the house, but no one heard anything happen, they were all sleeping,” Burton said. “We're looking at it – did he find (the gun)? Did he shoot himself accidentally? We're still investigating. But the adults are saying they don't know anything. We think it was accidental, but we're not sure what happened exactly.”

Burton said he did not know what kind of gun fired the shot. He added he did not know the extent of the injury, but said there was one bullet wound and that the boy was in stable condition at a hospital he would not name.

No other information about the shooting was released.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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