A 53-year-old man was charged this morning in connection with the accidental shooting of his son Saturday afternoon in their Rogers Park home.
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.