Chicago man charged with child endangerment after boy, 8, killed in accidental shooting on West Side

Boy shot in chest after children found gun, police said

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Man charged with child endangerment after boy, 8, killed in accidental shooting on West Side
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Chicago police said a man has been charged after an 8-year-old boy died after a gun he found went off.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Chicago man has been charged after an eight-year-old boy died after finding a gun and died after the gun went off earlier this month.

Wednesday morning, police said Ramon Sumerlin, 41, has been charged with one count of child endangerment/death and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

Police said Sumerlin left an eight-year-old boy unattended in a home in the 3100-block of West Flournoy Street on August 15.

The boy then found a gun and was wounded in the chest after it went off, killing him, police said.

Sumerlin was arrested Monday by Chicago police and the Great Lakes Regional Task Force in the 11400-block of South Elizabeth Street. He is due in bond court Thursday.

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