8-year-old central Illinois boy shot in the head

URBANA - According to police, an 8-year-old Urbana boy is expected to survive after he was shot in the head, allegedly by a 15-year-old relative.

Urbana police say after Tuesday night's shooting the boy underwent surgery.  Relatives say the 8-year-old is in critical condition.

Urbana Police Sgt. Dan Morgan says the 15-year-old boy was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.  Morgan says the boy initially told police that he knocked a backpack off the table and then heard a loud bang, but police say the boy's description of what happened was inconsistent with evidence found at the scene.

The 15-year-old was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm by a prosecutor on Wednesday.  A judge also released the teenager to his mother's home pending further juvenile court action.

Police say the 8-year-old was injured by a flare gun that was modified to fire shotgun shells.


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