Thursday, January 2, 2014

Dad says he "accidentally" shot 2-year-old son (Camden, New Jersey)

The dumb @$$ dad is identified as SERGIO RIVERA.

Camden father charged in shooting of son, 2

Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014, 2:01 AM

A 2-year-old Camden boy is recovering from gunshot wounds and his father is under arrest after telling police he accidentally shot the boy late Tuesday, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said.

Sergio Rivera, 38, of Camden, allegedly told police he inadvertently shot the child before 10:52 p.m. while in his car at 21st and Pierce Streets. The boy's mother and grandmother were in the car, the Prosecutor's Office said.

Rivera then drove his son to Cooper University Hospital, where the boy was treated for injuries to an arm and a leg. No further information on his condition was available.

Rivera did not cooperate with detectives investigating the shooting, the Prosecutor's Office said.

A 9mm handgun was recovered from Rivera's car. He was found to be in possession of several prescription pills.

Rivera was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and related crimes. He was remanded to the county jail on $185,000 cash bail.

"Our prayers are with this child as he recovers," Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson said in a statement. "Regardless of whether the shooting was intentional or accidental, it's the culture of violence and the illegal possessing of firearms that lies at the heart of our greatest challenge in reducing gun crime."