Vigil held for 11-year-old boy killed while riding scooter

Family and friends gathered Saturday to remember an 11-year-old boy who was shot and killed on Friday as Philadelphia police continue to look for the shooter.

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- Tonight, police continue to search for the gunman responsible for a shooting that has claimed the life of an 11-year-old and wounded his 14-year-old friend. Friends, family, and community leaders gathered tonight to remember another young life lost to gun violence. Action News reporter Trish Hartman joins us live from police headquarters with details. Trish.

TRISH HARTMAN: Well, Walter, tonight, friends and family gathered to mourn the loss of that 11-year-old boy shot and killed last night, as Philadelphia police continue to search for the shooter.

Candles, hugs, and tears for 11-year-old Harley Belance who was shot and killed Friday evening in Oxford Circle. Balloons were released in his memory-- many of them red and black, his favorite colors.

- Rest in peace.


TRISH HARTMAN: Suzanne Hatcher says Harley was her son's best friend.

SUZANNE HATCHER: We're numb. We're numb. Too young, he was a baby. It should never happen.

TRISH HARTMAN: Police say Harley and a 14-year-old friend were riding a scooter in the 1500 block of McKinley Street just before 7:00 PM when shots were fired. Harley was shot in the neck and killed. His friend was shot in the arm and ankle and is in stable condition.

Police say a male was seen firing shots from the 1400 block of McKinley Street. At the vigil, people called for the rampant gun violence to stop.

TERENCE HARRELL: When it happens, guess who's left to clean up the mess? The women in our community. You know, so for every young male that's here, I just want you to sit back for a second and take a glimpse at your own life.

TRISH HARTMAN: Harley was described as a vibrant young man who loved hanging out with his friends. We spoke with a family friend who didn't want to be identified.

- His personality has always just been so open and bright. And so to see him like this, to hear this news, it is insane. My heart is crushed.

TRISH HARTMAN: Police say it's unclear if Harley and his friend were the targets of this shooting. So far, no one has been arrested. Anyone with information should contact Philadelphia police.