Man charged in death of 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself on West Side: police


CHICAGO — A man has been charged in the death of an 8-year-old boy who found a firearm inside a West Side home and shot himself.

Ramon Sumerlin, 41, faces one felony count of child endangerment/death and one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon.

The incident happened on August 15 on the 3100 block of West Flournoy in the Garfield Park neighborhood. Police said Sumerlin left the 8-year-old unattended inside a residence.

The boy found a firearm and accidentally shot himself in the chest, killing him, police said.

Sumerlin was arrested Monday and charged accordingly. He is due in bond court Thursday.


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