A 6-year-old Chicago boy was hospitalized Sunday after he was shot in the chest by his teenage uncle during an apparent game of "cops and robbers" on the city's Far South Side.
Marshown Means was playing with his 14-year-old uncle Sunday morning at his grandfather's house in the 1700 block of West Steuben, the Chicago Tribune reports.
When Marshown told his uncle that he did not want to play a game of "cops and robbers," the 14-year-old, according to ABC Chicago, said, "I hate you" and allegedly shot the boy with a gun he apparently found in the home.
The teen uncle was charged, as a juvenile, with reckless discharge of a firearm in the incident, CBS Chicago reports. The boy's grandfather Napoleon Walker, 50, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
The boy's mother, Nalena Triplett, 25, told the Tribune that she had "told him [her brother] to stop showing my baby guns."
The bullet entered Marshown's diaphragm and also hit his liver, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Because the boy has sickle cell anemia, doctors said he was lucky his vital organs were spared, according to ABC. He is expected to recover from his injuries.
The state Department of Children and Family Services is currently investigating allegations of neglect in the incident, as the agency was in touch with the family concerning previous allegations of abuse, according to the Sun-Times.