The shooting happened at around 7 p.m. Saturday in the Mayfair section of northeast Philadelphia. Police say the boy shot himself once in the left side of the chest with a handgun.
Officer Chris Bennett tells The Philadelphia Inquirer ( http://bit.ly/HK2oxZ) that the shooting appears to be accidental.
Police tell the newspaper that the boy is in critical condition and undergoing emergency surgery at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com