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Teen charged in 8-year-old Urbana boy’s shooting

July 2, 2014

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A prosecutor has charged a 15-year-old Urbana boy with reckless discharge of a firearm in the shooting of an 8-year-old relative.

A judge on Wednesday also released the teenager to his mother’s home pending further juvenile court action.

Relatives told The News-Gazette in Champaign (http://bit.ly/1m9B198 ) that the younger child was in critical condition at a local hospital after surgery.

The older boy told police that the shooting happened Tuesday when he knocked a backpack that apparently contained a gun off a table. Police say that was inconsistent with evidence officers found.

The gun was a flare gun modified to fire shotgun shells.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz opted against the more serious charge of aggravated battery with a firearm. That charge would have moved the case to adult court.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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