Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Monday, October 22, 2012

17-year old Chicago boy injured when fighting over gun with felon father

53-year old Charles Johnson, a convicted felon living in Chicago, Illinois, nonetheless had a .38-caliber handgun hidden in his garage, but it went missing.  When he found it months later in the possession of his 17-year old son, the two fought over it, and the boy was shot in the mouth.  He is now in critical condition.

From an article:

Charles Johnson of the 1300 block of West Estes Avenue was charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, possession of a firearm, police said. 
Johnson had hidden his gun in the garage but noticed that the weapon had disappeared about six months ago, according to a police report. When Johnson saw his .38 caliber gun on his son's desk, he confronted him and the two began to argue, according to police. 
When the boy picked up the gun, Johnson tried to wrestle the gun away from him and during the struggle, the gun discharged, striking the 17-year-old, according to the report. 
Police found the boy in a bedroom lying on a couch with a gunshot wound to his right cheek. They found the gun lying on the floor. 
Chicago Fire Department paramedics took the boy to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston in critical condition, according to Fire Media information. 
Johnson was scheduled to appear in Bond Court this afternoon.

There was no mention of how Johnson came in possession of his illegal gun, if he would be charged for the shooting, or if he would be charged with allowing his gun to get into the hands of his son.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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