Man pleads guilty to shooting son

Published 9:22 pm Monday, November 26, 2012

A Suffolk man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the June 15 shooting of his 3-year-old son during an argument with the boy’s mother.

Michael Goodman Jr., then 22, of 406 S. Sixth St., tried to blame the shooting on the boy after the incident, claiming the child had shot himself after finding the Taurus 9 mm handgun in Goodman’s vehicle.

But a spent shell casing located in the hallway of the mother’s apartment complex pointed to the real story.


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

Goodman and the woman got into an argument about Goodman’s son being in the presence of the other man. Goodman then produced a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the other man, firing up the stairs into the 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 the hospital.

The gun was found in Goodman’s vehicle during the police investigation. The boy survived his injury.

Goodman pleaded guilty to attempted malicious wounding, abuse of a child and using a firearm in the commission of a felony, among others. Two other charges were not prosecuted as part of a plea agreement.