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Uncle charged after nephew, 7, suffers gunshot wound in Penn Hills home

Dillon Carr
| Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, 3:21 p.m.
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A 17-year-old was charged after his 7-year-old nephew shot himself in the foot Thursday at their home in Penn Hills.

When the shooting incident was reported at about 11 a.m., adults at the home told police they didn't know what happened because they were sleeping.

“Turns out they found two guns that were brought in by the 17-year-old that lived at the house,” Penn Hills police Chief Howard Burton said Friday.

The stolen guns were found loaded in a backpack in the basement, Burton said. No other information about the weapons was released.

The teen was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and possessing weapons with an altered serial number. The teen and his nephew live in the house with their grandmother, Burton said.

Burton said family members told police the injured child was home from school that day because he was sick. Burton said the younger boy was taken to a hospital for treatment after the shooting. The boy's condition was unavailable Friday.

His uncle was arrested and taken to the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center in Pittsburgh, Burton said.

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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