NJ Dad Charged After 2-Year-Old Shot In Car - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

NJ Dad Charged After 2-Year-Old Shot In Car

Posted: Updated:
CAMDEN, N.J. -

A New Jersey father who says he accidentally shot his 2-year-old son Tuesday night has been arrested and charged, police say.

Officers were call to Cooper University Hospital at 10:52 p.m., but the original incident occurred at 21st Street and Pierce Avenue in Camden.

Investigators say they found a 2-year-old boy was being treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound to the left arm and left leg.

The boy's father, 38-year-old Sergio Rivera of Camden, told police he accidentally shot his son while inside of a vehicle at 21st and Pierce while the family, including the boy's mother and grandmother, were in the car.

Rivera drove to the hospital following the shooting, but police say he was uncooperative with detectives investigating the incident.

The gun, a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, was taken from the vehicle, and Rivera was found to be in possession of several Percocet pills, police said.

Rivera was charged with counts of weapons possession – including by a person not to have a weapon due to a prior drug distribution conviction – aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

He was sent to the county jail on bail set at $185,000 cash or bond.

Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson said in a news release, "Our prayers are with this child as he recovers. Regardless of whether the shooting was intentional or accidental, it's the culture of violence and the illegal possessing of firearms that lies at the heart of our greatest challenge in reducing gun crime."

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Girl Hopes To Take Team To Little League World Series

    Girl Hopes To Take Team To Little League World Series

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:06:05 GMT
    A group of little leaguers from the city have already conquered the state, now they're setting their sights on getting to the Little League World Series.
    A group of little leaguers from the city have already conquered the state, now they're setting their sights on getting to the Little League World Series.

  • Man Hospitalized After Police-Involved Shooting In North Philadelphia

    Man Hospitalized After Police-Involved Shooting In North Philadelphia

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:04:48 GMT
    SkyFOX is over the 3200 block of Page Street where Philadelphia Police say they shot a suspect.SkyFOX is over the 3200 block of Page Street where Philadelphia Police say they shot a suspect.
    SkyFOX is over the 3200 block of Page Street where Philadelphia Police say they shot a suspect.
    SkyFOX is over the 3200 block of Page Street where Philadelphia Police say they shot a suspect.
  • New Jersey Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend Appears In Court

    New Jersey Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend Appears In Court

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:22:24 GMT
    A man accused of killing his girlfriend and then dumping her body along a roadside in New Jersey appeared in court on Wednesday.U.S. Marshals picked up 52-year old Kevin Ambrose a few days ago.
    A man accused of killing his girlfriend and then dumping her body along a roadside in New Jersey appeared in court on Wednesday.U.S. Marshals picked up 52-year old Kevin Ambrose a few days ago.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices