Park­ing Me­ter of­fi­cial charged in New York for shoot­ing 10-year-old boy

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of­fi­cial of Smart City So­lu­tions Inc (SCSI), the com­pany that was given the highly con­tro­ver­sial con­tract to erect park­ing me­ters across the city of Ge­orge­town, has been charged with the ac­ci­den­tal shoot­ing of a 10-year-old boy in Prince’s Bay, Staten Island in the State of New York.

Semion Mosheshvili, 42, who re­sides at Hewlett, New York, made an ap­pear­ance at the Rich­mond County Crim­i­nal Court re­cently where he was charged.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges of crim­i­nal pos­ses­sion of a weapon, crim­i­nal pos­ses­sion of a firearm, first de­gree reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a child.

SILive.com re­ported that the child, who was shot Satur­day, was rushed to the hospi­tal by the shooter’s wife, ac­cord­ing to the de­fen­dant’s at­tor­ney, Arthur Ger­sh­feld.

“When my client’s wife took the (vic­tim) to the hospi­tal, my client took his chil­dren home,” said Ger­sh­feld. “As soon as the de­tec­tive called, we went to the (123 Po­lice) Precinct.”

It was also re­ported that Mosheshvili, a long­time friend of the home­own­ers, was vis­it­ing from Long Island with his wife. Their five chil­dren also were in the house at the time of the in­ci­dent.

“My client had no idea the gun was loaded,” the At­tor­ney said. “They’re not ruth­less peo­ple.”

Po­lice said the gun was li­cenced to a woman who lives at the house and that Mosheshvili allegedly be­gan han­dling the 9mm hand­gun on the sec­ond floor and it went off.

Al­though Pros­e­cu­tors re­quested US$20,000 bail, based on re­ports he fled the scene before Po­lice ar­rived, the pre­sid­ing judge, Ray­mond Ro­driguez set bail at US$10,000 bond or US$5000 cash.

Mosheshvili’s wife was in at­ten­dance at his ar­raign­ment and paid for his re­lease.

Neigh­bours said they did not hear any shots Satur­day on what typ­i­cally was a quiet street.

The vic­tim, who author­i­ties said was a neigh­bour, was at home re­cu­per­at­ing.

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