Arrest made in 4-year-old's shooting death
Tribune staff report
Published October 13, 2006, 8:22 AM CDT
A relative has been charged with gun violations and other offenses in connection with the shooting death of a 4-year-old Evanston boy in his home earlier this week, Evanston police said today.
Authorities said Pierre Miller, 19, the uncle of Aaron Morales, had brought a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol into the Dodge Avenue residence about a week before the shooting and hid the weapon in a bedroom.
After the boy suffered the gunshot wound that killed him, Miller hid the weapon by tossing it in the attic, police said. The weapon was subsequently recovered.
Miller has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, obstruction of justice and endangering the life of a child which resulted in death, police said in a news release. In addition, he has been charged under an Evanston ordinance forbidding possession of a handgun, they said.
Police indicated they are not yet ready to call the boy's shooting accidental and self-inflicted, as originally surmised.
"Since none of the adults in the home have indicated that they witnessed the incident, the Cook County medical examiner's office is withholding a determination on means and method of the child's death until additional forensic tests are completed and recovered evidence is examined," the news release said.
Miller is scheduled to appear at a bond hearing this morning.
Police have said they became involved in the incident about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, when officers went to the two-story multi-unit building in the 1800 block of Dodge Avenue to investigate a report of a shooting and found Aaron Morales in a second-floor unit with a gunshot wound in his chest.
Aaron was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he underwent emergency surgery. On Wednesday afternoon, he was transferred to Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where he died.
An autopsy was conducted Thursday at the Cook County medical examiner's office. The official cause of death was listed as "pending police investigation," a spokesman said.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services also is investigating, spokesman Jimmie Whitelow said.
He said a toddler and an infant who were home at the time of Wednesday's shooting are in the care of relatives.
Less gun control....more *self* control
Obvious: How did a felon...how did a 19-yr old felon get access to a firearm in Chicago!! He doesn't have a IL Firearm Owners ID Card (aka FOID)...damn, better work on that peaceful Utopia!
Mike in (thank God) VA
(formerly of IL--courtesy of the USAF)