Opa-locka, FL – A 10-year-old boy was shot and run over by his father’s van on Sunday evening after his father drove him to do a drive-by shooting with a paintball gun on an outdoor gathering in Opa-locka.
A police report released on Tuesday showed that 26-year-old Michael Williams told police that his son had begged him to drive by the group of young people so he could shoot paintballs at them from the window of the vehicle, the Associated Press reported.
Williams agreed to help and drove his son to the home in the 2300-block of Rutland Street where young people were gathered, the Miami Herald reported.
He drove by the house while his son fired off several rounds at the crowd from his father’s van, the Associated Press reported.
Police said that the homeowner thought the boy’s gun was real and pulled out his own gun and fired back, the Miami Herald reported.
Gregory Barnes told police he believed “he and his family were under attack” and fired one round at the gunman firing at people in front of his home, according to the report.
The shot struck the 10 year old, who lost his balance, fell, and was run over by his father’s van, the Miami Herald reported.
Police said Williams jumped out of his vehicle, put the boy into van, and fled the scene.
He drove home and the boy’s mother called 911, the Miami Herald reported.
No information on the boy’s medical condition has been released to the public beyond that he remained in the hospital and was expected to survive his injuries.
Williams told WSVN that there had been a group of children running around firing paintball guns at each other when he helped his son do the drive-by on May 30.
One of the children on the scene seemed to confirm that account.
“I guess the man didn’t see what type of gun it was and he just shot him,” a child that was part of the group told WSVN.
But neighbors said it was total insanity for the father to help his son do a drive-by shooting in the crime-ridden neighborhood.
“The guy riding around with his kids in the car with their ski masks and hoodies on, and they were apparently shooting at people,” neighbor Maurice Adams told WSVN.
“We never had this as kids, never,” said Adams. “We played baseball with tennis balls in the street. We never had to worry about anything like this. This is crazy.”
Williams was arrested and charged with child neglect with great bodily harm, the Miami Herald reported.
The police report said Williams “acted recklessly by agreeing to conduct a drive by paint ball shooting.”