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Boy, 17, shot while struggling with father over gun dies

Published: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 9:40 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — 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.

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.

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