Man Accused of Shooting 8-Year-Old Boy (Video)
Wayne Snowden is accused of shooting AJ Hanger, 8, in North Coventry Township, Pa. on Friday.
Snowden was standing on his porch with some of his employees when he allegedly raised a handgun and fired a single shot, which struck Hanger in the leg, noted NBC Philadelphia.
Hanger was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Friday, but was released on Saturday.
After the shooting, Hangar went back into his home, but was identified by one of his employees, according to the police report.
The unidentified employee claimed Snowden was wearing a bathrobe, and put the handgun in his robe after firing it.
"I didn't know what the situation was at that time," Snowden told WFMZ. "And then they tell me that somebody got shot."
North Coventry Township Police Chief Bob Schurr said in a statement: "I want to reassure the community that the victim in this case was not specifically targeted. This was a case of irresponsible gun handling in its most tragic form."
"The defendant was extraordinarily reckless," added Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. "The right to own firearms includes the responsibility to handle firearms safely. We are all grateful that this innocent child was not killed just a couple of days before Mother's Day."
Snowden was charged with aggravated assault.
Police confiscated two handguns from his home.