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Uncle shoots his 12-year-old nephew while showing off his new gun

By Mason White 11:17 AM February 23, 2016
Robert Chavez 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested for shooting his nephew in the chest, police in Arizona said.

The 12-year-old boy of Phoenix, was hospitalized and is said to be in serious condition after his uncle accidentally shot him, police said.

29-year-old Robert Chavez was arrested, and faces charges of aggravated assault and misconduct after showing his nephew his weapon, said Sgt. Jonathan Howard, a spokesman for the Phoenix police.

According to court documents, the victim asked to see the gun and Chavez took it out of the holster. Chavez told officers that he thought the gun was unloaded before pulling the trigger.

The bullet hit his nephew’s hand and then traveled to his chest.

Chavez is prohibited from possessing a restricted firearm, Howard said.

He admitted to officers that he bought the gun last week, even though he knew he was not allowed to have one, according to court documents.

Bail for Chavez was set at $50,000. The boy’s mother, Chavez’s sister, was at home when the shooting occurred. She said that she is “disappointed and angry” with her brother as he was a role model to all of her children.