A suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting that wounded an 8-year-old boy in Pottstown Friday evening.
Wayne Snowden, 55, apparently fired off a random gunshot that struck the child shortly before 5 p.m. as he rode his bicycle near West Main Street and Coyne Alley, officials said. The boy was shot in the left thigh and flown by helicopter to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“I want to reassure the community that the victim in this case was not specifically targeted,” North Coventry Township Police Chief Bob Schurr said in a statement praising investigators for the speedy arrest. “This was a case of irresponsible gun handling in its most tragic form.”
Just before the gunfire broke out, Snowden was standing on the porch of his home at 301 S. Hanover St., which faces the area where the boy was shot, according to a criminal complaint.