A Long Island man who accidentally shot a 10-year-old boy in the shoulder during a family gathering in Staten Island had no idea the gun was loaded, his lawyer said Sunday.
Semion Mosheshvili, 42, was handling the gun in the upstairs bedroom of the house on Deisius St. near Prall Ave. in Huguenot Saturday night when he accidentally squeezed off a round, his lawyer, Arthur Gershfeld, told the Daily News.
“He had no idea the gun was loaded and there is no question this was an accident,” Gershfeld said. “Everybody knows it was an accident. Even the police.”
The bullet tore through three walls and a ceiling before lodging into the shoulder of the boy, who was playing in the kitchen downstairs, Gershfeld said. He was taken to Staten Island University Hospital where he was in stable condition Sunday.
Mosheshvili was with his wife and five children at their longtime friends’ home when the incident occurred. The woman who owns the home is the licensed holder of the gun, cops said.
“These aren’t reckless human beings,” Gershfeld said. “These are noble people. Accidents happen.”
Mosheshvili is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and acting in a manner injurious to a child, authorities said. He was free Sunday after making bail.