Man charged after 5-year-old boy wounded in accidental shooting

5-year-old boy shot
Rhamique Topping
Philadelphia Police Department

At least one person is facing charges after a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot himself Sunday evening in Harrowgate.

Police responded at around 5:15 p.m. Sunday to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where the boy had arrived with his mother. Authorities said he was listed in stable condition with two gunshot wounds to his right leg.

The shooting occurred earlier on the 3500 block of Joyce Street, according to investigators.

On Monday, prosecutors charged 33-year-old Rhamique Topping, described alternatively as an uncle or godfather to the boy, with endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person.

Multiple television news stations reported that the child’s mother had also been charged, although police said that a case had not been brought at the time Metro went to print Monday. The District Attorney’s Office did not respond to a request for comment.

Topping was incarcerated on $50,000 bail, of which he must post 10% to be released. He is being represented by the Defender’s Association, which declined to comment on the case.