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A man who allegedly shot a 10-year-old boy while targeting a passing vehicle in Richmond last month has been charged with two felonies in connection with the shooting. Christian Chappell, 20, was charged earlier this week with felony assault with a deadly weapon and felony shooting into an occupied vehicle for the June 28 shooting that seriously wounded a 10-year-old, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.
Chappell is suspected of opening fire on a passing car near the intersection of South 15th Street and Maine Avenue around 2:30 p.m. on June 28, police said. Instead of striking his intended target, the bullet hit the 10-year-old boy, who was walking through the neighborhood with his mother and other young children, according to police. The boy suffered what was considered to be a life-threatening bullet wound to his back but has since been released from the hospital and is recovering.
Police said a member of the public identified Chappell as the suspect in the shooting, leading to his arrest in Pittsburg last Friday. The suspect was on parole for a prior weapons conviction at the time of the shooting and is now being held without bail at the main county jail in Martinez. Chappell is set to enter a plea to the charges against him on July 27 in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez.
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