Police: Teen Shot in Neck by Stray Bullet in Germantown

Police say a stray bullet hit a teen Sunday night as he played basketball at a Germantown rec center.

Philadelphia police stood watch outside the Daniel Rumph rec center Monday after a safe haven for kids turned into a shooting scene Sunday night, which left an innocent teenage boy seriously wounded on the basketball court.

“Stray bullets, they have no names. Unfortunately, now we have a 16-year-old that's fighting for his life,” said Philadelphia Police Lt. John Stanford.

It happened just after 8 p.m. Sunday, near Morton and Duval. Police say two men arguing at a picnic table near the playground and basketball courts got into an argument, one man pulled out a gun and fired.The bullet struck the 16-year-old in the neck, he ran from the courts, leaving a trail of blood behind. He made it a block to his home on Duval where her collapsed and was raced to the hospital by police.

Police say a short time later, a city corrections officer turned himself in at the 35th District admitting he was the man who fired the shots. The weapon was recovered.

Police say the city corrections officer had a permit to carry a weapon and told investigators he fired it because he feared for his life during that altercation. He could face aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges, according to police.

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