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The shooting death of a 14-year-old boy described by a neighbor as "happy-go-lucky" was accidental, police said.
Jalil Muhammad was found shot in the head in his home in the 200 block of West 93rd Place, in the Far South Side Princeton Park neighborhood, at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.
He was accidentally shot by a sibling who was handling their father's gun, police said. The father has charged with two misdemeanors: not having a valid firearm owner's card and failing to register the gun.
Paramedics were called to the home on reports the boy had had a seizure, said Gresham District police Captain Juan Morado said.
He was later found with a gunshot wound behind the ear, said Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford, adding that the injuries initially looked like those suffered when a person hits their head,
"I know it was an accident because they thought he had a seizure. He had seizures all the time. I guess she thought he was bleeding from the seizure. And it wasn't until later they found out he was shot," the boy's aunt, Dorothy Cummings, told NBC Chicago on Wednesday.
Muhammad was taken to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The teen lived with his parents, his 10-year-old brother and an 11-year-old sister, said neighbor Cassandra Emery, adding that the family has lived in the two-story apartment for six years.
The boy just started high school and Emery said she regularly saw him board a bus to go to school. On the weekends, he would offer to help her with groceries, Emery said.
"He's a really happy kid. He always wants to hug you. He's happy-go-lucky," Emery said. "I can’t believe this."