The child, identified by the Chester Police Department
as Sinsir Parker, was found with gunshot wounds to his face on Sunday evening. Sinsir was lying in the middle of the street and died on the scene, police said.
“I’m sure that kid was probably having the time of his life because he was finally able to come outside and play,” a resident told CNN affiliate WPVI of Philadelphia.
“His parents are here. They’re not irresponsible. They don’t get into this crazy stuff. So there is no making sense of this.”
Neighbors in the area where Sinsir was shot said they heard more than a dozen gunshots.
“I heard about 15 shots ring out. I heard it come across the scanner and the ring that it was a drive-by,” one resident told WPVI
“I called my local friends on the block and they said two cars came down and just rang out about 15 shots and a little boy caught the bullet in the head.”
While there are currently no suspects, police urge anyone with information to contact them
Sinsir’s death marked the town’s 14th homicide in 2020, the station reported.
Chester is about halfway between Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware.