NORTH BRADDOCK (KDKA) – A 15-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly shooting another 15-year-old boy in the head in North Braddock on Sunday morning.
Police and paramedics were sent to Walnut Alley just before 10 a.m. to respond to 911 calls about a person with a gunshot wound.
At the scene, they found a 15-year-old boy suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to a local trauma hospital and was last reported to be in critical condition.
Police initially were unable to identify the victim because he didn’t have ID on him, but they have since determined his identity and contacted family members.
According to police, the victim had been at a home on Cliff Street near Walnut Street when he was shot by 15-year-old Taymar Smith, of Homewood.
Smith told police he was playing with a black rifle in an upstairs bedroom of the home. He said he pointed the gun at the victim’s head and it went off. Four other people were in the room at the time.
Smith was taken into custody and lodged in the Allegheny County Jail.
He is being charged as an adult with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and weapons violations.
The gun was described as being a .22-caliber rifle.
Police say the District Attorney’s office will determine if any other charges will be filed on other people in the residence.
Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-255-8477. Callers can remain anonymous.