A seven-year-old child is fighting for his life after he was shot in the head while playing with his friends.
Little Zamar Jones was gunned down on Saturday night whilst he was out in the street.
His distraught mum identified her wounded son after he was caught in gunfire outside his home.
And as he lay bleeding a nurse who lived nearby rushed to his aid – potentially saving his life.
The hero nurse gave the little lad CPR until he was taken to a children’s hospital.
Police said a gunman opened fire on a group of people in Philadelphia, US, who were standing outside.
After the first shots two of the attacked group fired back, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
And it is understood the little boy was caught in the crossfire.
On Monday, 27-year-old Chistopher Linder was charged with two counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault and several other related crimes related to the shooting.
He was arraigned Monday morning and is being held without bail, according to the local paper.
Family friend and neighbour Makeeba McNeely said Zamar was well-known throughout the neighbourhood.
She said: “He’s a beautiful kid. Inquisitive, curious – he’s a little boy. And he was playing.”
It is reported the brave lad loves playing on his scooter.
He is still understood to be in hospital in a critical condition.
On Monday, McNelly told the Philadelphia Inquirer Zamar is still fighting hard for his life.
But she said he “ain’t ready to go yet”.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said on Monday: “Every kid deserves to live free of violence, harm or fear.
“All children deserve an opportunity to develop and grow into healthy, happy adults.”
Police are still looking for other two suspected shooters from Saturday’s attack.
At least 16 bullet casings were found at the scene and no weapons have been recovered.
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said surveillance video from a nearby camera may prove useful in the investigation, 6abc reporter.
She said: “We are heartbroken by the tragedy that occurred this evening on the 200 block of Simpson Street. An innocent seven-year-old was struck by gunfire and is in grave condition.
“Although an individual has been taken into custody, that does not diminish the impact this senseless act has on the child, his family, and the entire community.
Criminal acts such as this have no place in our communities, and we are committed to securing justice and promoting healing for all who are affected.
“While every act of gun violence is lamentable, it is especially tragic when the victim is among our most vulnerable; and it is our collective responsibility – police, and community – to ensure that our children are safe and well-protected.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the precious child and his family.