An 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.