[dropcap]A[/dropcap] Humboldt Park man is the second person charged with the accidental shooting of an 8-year-old boy last Tuesday.
Police say the victim and another 9-year-old boy found a handgun inside an apartment in the 3700 block of West 13th Street around 10:45 a.m. The gun was on top of a refrigerator in the apartment and the older boy, who was visiting the victim, climbed onto a counter and picked the gun up and pulled the trigger twice, authorities said. The first time nothing happened but the second time, a bullet was fired that hit the younger boy in his lower back. The victim was taken to an area hospital where he was listed in good condition and was eventually released, according to police.
The gun used in the accidental shooting reportedly belonged to Jeffery Williams, 34, who was the boyfriend of the victim’s mother Micquelyn Biles, police said. Both Biles and Williams are also convicted felons, with Williams currently on parole, court records show.
Police allege Biles knew the gun was in her home and she was charged last Wednesday with one felony count of unlawful use of weapon and one misdemeanor count of child endangerment. Prosecutors also allege Biles and Williams told the victim to lie to doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital and say he was shot by unknown males while playing basketball in the backyard.
On Saturday, Williams, of the 1100 block of South Harding Avenue, was taken into custody and charged with one felony count of unlawful use of weapon, one misdemeanor count of child endangerment, violation of his parole and possession of cannabis.
At press time, Williams was ordered held on $350,000 bail and Biles was ordered held on $75,000 bail.
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