Man Shoots Boy After Mistaking Paintball Gun For Real Deal – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami / AP) – A 10-year-old boy was shot and wounded after the homeowner mistook his paintball gun for the real deal.

Michael Williams, 26, told Opa-locka police his son asked him to drive past a house where young people were gathered on Sunday evening so he could shoot his paintball out the window, according to a police report released Tuesday.

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Williams drove past the house when his son fired several rounds, police said. The homeowner mistook paintball for real gunshots and told police he believed his family was being attacked. He fired a shot that hit the child. The boy then lost his balance and was run over by his father’s vehicle, the police said.

Further details about the injuries or the child’s condition were not disclosed. Williams drove the child home and his mother called 911, according to police.

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The Miami Herald reports that the father was charged with grievous bodily harm for neglecting children. According to a police report, Williams “acted recklessly in agreeing to conduct a drive-by paintball shoot.”

It wasn’t clear if Williams had an attorney to comment on the charges.

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