The father of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself inside their apartment on Monday afternoon is now facing criminal charges, police reported.
Rajon Grant, 43, was taken into custody shortly after the gun went off and critically injured his son at their home on Fordham Hill Oval at about 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 18.
Police sources said the boy, who had found the gun and had been playing with it, remains hospitalized in critical condition at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Grant currently faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon and acting in a manner injurious to a child. Additional charges against him may be made depending on the results of the ongoing investigation.
Meanwhile, detectives continue to investigate a deadly shooting in the East Village on Monday night.
A 36-year-old man took a fatal bullet to his chest near the corner of East 3rd Street and Avenue C at about 8:40 p.m. on Jan. 18. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
No arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation, police said.
Also on Monday night, cops responded to a shooting following a dispute in the South Bronx.
Law enforcement sources said a 49-year-old man was shot in the leg after getting into an argument with two men at the corner of Morris Avenue and East 143rd Street at about 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 18.
The two male suspects fled the scene following the gunfire, cops said, and they remain at large as of Tuesday morning.
Paramedics rushed the injured victim to Lincoln Hospital, where he’s expected to make a recovery.
Anyone with information regarding the East Village or Bronx shootings can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.