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Richmond police have arrested a suspect in a shooting that critically injured a 10-year-old boy late last month, a police spokeswoman said today. Christian Chappell, 20, was taken into custody on Friday in Pittsburg, Richmond police Detective Nicole Abetkov said. He is suspected of firing a bullet that struck the young boy in the back as he walked with his mother and other children near South 15th Street and Maine Avenue shortly before 2:30 p.m. on June 28.
Police reported afterward that the shooter was on a bicycle. Officers located the bike a short time later. Abetkov said investigators believe Chappell was shooting at a passing car, and that the boy and his family were not the targets. “It’s a good arrest because, obviously, he was a completely innocent victim,” she said of the child. She said the boy, whose wound was initially considered life-threatening, has been released from the hospital and is recovering.
Chappell is on probation for a prior weapons conviction, and is being held in custody on other charges, Abetkov said. He was identified as a suspect after police received a tip from the public. Police are forwarding the details of their investigation to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office for charging.
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