WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A 35-year-old man shot a 14-year-old boy on Saturday evening in Waterbury, according to police.
Axel Maldonado, of Waterbury, has been charged with criminal attempt at murder with special circumstances, first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, risk of injury, criminal use of weapon, violation of pistol permit requirements, illegal transfer of pistol and illegal alteration of a firearm. He was arrested on Sunday.
The teen was found shot at about 6:50 p.m. on Silver Street in Waterbury, according to police. The boy was found in a common hallway and taken to Connecticut Children’s with a gunshot wound to his ribs.
Court documents released on Monday revealed that the boy’s kidney was removed during surgery, he had serious damage to his liver and may have brain damage. He had been shot twice. A neighbor, who is a nurse, was able to put pressure on his wounds soon after the boy was shot.
A witness told police that he went to talk to a parent when he heard the teen crying out for help, according to court documents. A woman told police that she heard a gunshot and then someone scream “It was an accident.” An anonymous person later called police to say that Maldonado was the shooter.
Witnesses told police that Maldonado allegedly said he “was going to mess with the kids,” according to court documents.
Another witness told police that the victim was at a family party, according to court documents. After the shots were fired, the witness said he saw Maldonado zip up a fanny pack. Later, he wasn’t wearing the fanny pack, and looked at the witness “funny” and “he said he can’t go back to jail for this,” according to court documents.
Another person told police that Maldonado had placed a gun and bullets in the fanny pack, according to court documents.
Maldonado appeared in court on Monday. The judge set his bond at $1 million. He’s due back in court on Nov. 15.
In court, Maldonado’s public defender questioned his arrest.
“After reading the warrant, it appears the allegations do not support there was intent,” he said.
The public defender asked for a lower bond, which the judge denied.
Anecca Mattison told News 8 that her mother was the nurse who helped the boy. She said they both stepped in to help.
“I would just want someone to help me if someone I loved was in danger,” Mattison said.