Man claims son shot himself

Published 9:44 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A man accused of shooting his 3-year-old son last week allegedly tried to blame the shooting on the boy, court documents show.

Michael Goodman Jr., of 406 S. Sixth St., allegedly accidentally shot his son in the shoulder just before 9 a.m. during a dispute with the child’s mother at her apartment complex in the 900 block of White Marsh Road.

According to a summary of the case filed with the arrest warrant, Goodman approached the home of his child’s mother at about the same time she was returning home with her two children and another man.


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Goodman and the woman got into an argument about Goodman’s son being in the presence of the other man, according to the document written by a police officer.

Goodman allegedly produced a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the other man. He then allegedly fired up the stairs in the apartment building’s hallway while standing at the bottom of the stairs.

A bullet struck the boy in the shoulder, and the other man drove Goodman and the boy to Sentara Obici Hospital. The boy was then transferred to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for trauma care and then to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, where he was listed in stable condition on Monday.

According to the court document, Goodman claimed the boy shot himself after finding the gun in his vehicle. However, police found a spent cartridge casing in the hallway.

The Taurus 9 mm handgun was found in Goodman’s vehicle, according to the documents.

Goodman is charged with shoot, cut or stab; malicious wounding; attempted malicious wounding; two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony; shooting into an occupied dwelling; and two counts of child endangerment.