Toddler shot in chest at home


September 26, 2003, 07:54 AM,1413,203~21481~1656822,00.html (,1413,203~21481~1656822,00.html)

Uncle lied about incident, police say


ONTARIO — A 2-year-old boy was shot in the chest Wednesday while playing with a gun with his uncle, who police said delayed seeking medical attention for two hours and then lied about the shooting.

Police doubted Felipe Quezada's claim that the boy, who is expected to survive, was shot by a stranger in a Chino park. Quezada, 21, then told investigators he found the gun a couple months ago and kept it in his house in the 1200 block of Caroline Court in Ontario. He told police he thought it wasn't loaded.

"Basically, this thing had been sitting around and he thought it was inoperable," Chino police Detective Val Falcon said. "The child got a hold of the gun. He took it away from him several times and eventually he turned around to the child, went "Bang, bang' and it went off."

The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, was taken to Chino Valley Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition Thursday.

Quezada was initially booked into West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bail, but because he was on probation, police were able to hold him without bail, said Ontario police Sgt. John Evans. He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment.

"We charged him with child endangerment primarily because he had an opportunity to call 911. He had an opportunity to drive to or notify San Antonio Community Hospital, which was just blocks away from where he resides," Evans said.

Quezada was on probation for a November 2001 statutory rape from Chino, court records show. He pleaded guilty to the charge in April 2002, and was sentenced to three years' probation and 90 days in county jail, according to court records.

Chino police came to the hospital at 3:34 p.m. Wednesday on a report that someone had been shot at Cypress Trails Park in Chino.

Quezada, who had driven his nephew to the hospital, told police they were in the park at 6571 Schaefer Ave. and the boy was shot by an unknown person.

"He just said the kid was playing on the playground. He said, "Come on junior, we're getting ready to leave' and then saw him with a hole in his torso," Falcon said.

Quezada told police he found a gun in the park and left it there. Chino police later recovered the .22-caliber handgun south of the playground, Falcon said.

Ontario police joined Chino in the investigation when police discovered the shooting actually occurred in Quezada's home, police said.

Officers from both agencies searched the home late Wednesday and seized evidence proving the shooting happened there, Evans said. Quezada lived in the home with his infant daughter and his daughter's mother. They shared the home with Quezada's sister and another man -- the parents of the wounded boy.

No gun safe was found in the home, Evans said.

"We saw nothing that would indicate that a safe place was provided for keeping the weapon and that is a law," Evans said. "In California, if you have weapons, they must be locked so that accidents don't occur."

Relatives living with Quezada could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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September 26, 2003, 07:59 AM
No gun safe was found in the home, Evans said.

Somehow I think the kind of person who can't tell if a gun is loaded or not isn't going to have a gun safe...

Isn't it strange how these low lifes are always "finding" guns?:rolleyes:

September 26, 2003, 10:11 AM
Some people are just toooooo stupid to live. It's guys like that ****** bag that give responsible gun owners a bad name. I hope they put the stupid prick in the joint for a whole lot of years.

September 26, 2003, 12:15 PM
Isn't it strange how these low lifes are always "finding" guns?No kidding. I guess I should start taking more walks around parks. It sounds like I should be able to find them everywhere. It'll be like an easter egg hunt!

Partisan Ranger
September 26, 2003, 12:22 PM
Pointing a gun at a child?:scrutiny: I assume this guy's elevator doesn't go all the way to the top?

September 26, 2003, 03:53 PM
We had an idiot here who shot the priest who had been molesting him (long story). He said the reason he had the loaded handgun in his car was "he had taken it out of the house and was meaning to turn it in to the police".

OK, genius, go try to turn in a loaded gun at the police station....:rolleyes:

Standing Wolf
September 26, 2003, 08:37 PM
...but because he was on probation, police were able to hold him without bail...

Another poster boy for probation and parole—and another voter for Red Davis, I'm sure.

September 26, 2003, 09:55 PM
He told police he thought it wasn't loaded. Always seems to be offered as the ultimate ''get-out''!:rolleyes:

have to say .. despite our rights etc .... these sorta people should NOT be having guns ... simply cos they are not responsible ..... cannot even follow the four rules.

EVERY GUN IS LOADED ............ can ya hear me now?? Sheesh. As for pionting at an infant well .......... hard to make a comment that does not need a moderator's edit!!!:p :banghead:

September 27, 2003, 11:17 AM
Of course he didn't have a gun safe...

He hadn't found a safe yet..they are far more rare

September 27, 2003, 12:14 PM
Let's see if we can make this idiot a poster boy for the Three Strikes law. Sound like he's already got one - can we get two more out of this incident? How about assault with a deadly weapon and concealing a crime?


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