Philadelphia police say a 12-year-old child was fatally shot while walking to answer a knock at the front door of his Frankford home on the 5000 block of Ditman Street early Sunday morning.
The 12-year-old was at home with his grandmother and his 9-year-old sister when he went to answer a knock at the door where he was hit once in the head by a single shot that was fired through the front door.
Family members identified the boy as Sadeek-Clark Harrison.
According to police, medics attempted to perform CPR, but the child was pronounced dead at the scene.
“That’s my king, my son, my star, my moon, my shine– they took it away from me. They dimmed the light on me when they took my son away from me,” said the boy’s mother, Lisa Clark.
Investigators said the gunman ran from the scene.
Deputy Commissioner Melvin Singleton said, “I hope that in situations like this, the community feels a sense of urgency to provide us with some information to apprehend or give some investigative help. So if anyone has any information, please come forward.”
The victim’s aunt, Alicia Johnson, is demanding answers. She said, “Our kids are dying out here. They’re dying. They aren’t making it past 16 out here.”
There is no word at this time what sparked the shooting.