Officers at the scene found 33-year-old Michael A. Jones holding his son, who was suffering an apparent gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.
The victim was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
Investigators determined Jones was in a second-floor bedroom of the house handling a loaded firearm when, he told police, the gun accidentally discharged, causing a single bullet to travel through a wall and strike his son in another room.
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Police said they located the weapon during a search of the home.
The victim’s grandfather lives on the first floor of the house and was identified in reports as the person who called 911.
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Jones was arrested and charged with assault, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and firing a weapon in a compact area. An additional charge of violating a suspended sentence is expected from the state attorney general’s office, officials said.
The shooting suspect previously was convicted of felony assault and sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence and probation in June 2022, police said.
As a convicted felon, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm.
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