A 17-year-old Rogers Park boy has died after being shot in the head by his father last weekend in an apparently accidental shooting, authorities said this morning.
Terrance Johnson, of the 1300 block of West Estes Avenue, was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. An autopsy had been scheduled for Thursday, but was rescheduled for Friday.
His father Charles Johnson was charged Monday with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, police said. Charles Johnson is being held on $50,000 bail, according to Cook County Jail records.
The shooting occurred during an apparent struggle for control of the gun at the family's apartment, and authorities have said it was an accident.
Johnson had hidden his gun in the garage but noticed 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 the boy and the two began to argue, according to police.
When the boy picked up the gun, Johnson tried to wrestle the gun away and 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 on the floor.
Chicago Fire Department paramedics took the boy to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston in critical condition, according to Fire Media information.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services did not have prior contact with the boy’s family, said Jimmie Whitelow, an agency spokesman. He said DCFS is investigating his death.
A fund has been set up to help the family defray costs for Terrance Johnson's memorial, the family's church announced today. Donations may be made to via the Rogers Park Presbyterian Church, c/o Suzette Johnson, 7059 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago IL 60626. Call 773-262-3667 for more information.
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