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Philly boy, 7, shot on porch dies; 1 charged, 2 sought

PHILADELPHIA — A 7-year-old boy struck by a bullet on the front porch of a west Philadelphia home over the weekend died Monday as prosecutors announced that one man has been charged and two more were being sought, authorities said.

Zamar Jones was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. Monday, Staff Inspector Sekou Kinebrew said. The boy had been sitting on his porch steps, next to his toy race car and scooter, when gunfire broke out on the block about 7:40 p.m. Saturday, officials said.

The Philadelphia district attorney’s office earlier said 27-year-old Christopher Linder was charged with attempted murder, aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangerment, weapons crimes and other counts.

Prosecutors said Linder is charged in the shootout that wounded the child, in an earlier alleged attempt to kill a man, and for alleged theft of a vehicle as he fled the scene. At least two other people are being sought.

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