WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — The man accused of shooting a 2-year-old boy in Waterbury turned himself into the Waterbury Police Department.
Kharis Samuels, 20, faces charges of assault in the first degree, illegal discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment in the first degree, illegal transfer of a pistol/revolver, criminal use of a weapon, carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, and risk of injury to a child.
Police said Samuels was showing off his gun at a home on Pinecrest Drive on June 21 when it went off and struck the victim in his torso. His friend’s three younger siblings and grandmother were also inside the home at the time of the incident.
Kharis Samuels faced a judge at Waterbury Superior Court and said he had nothing to do with the shooting of the two-year-old.
The prosecutor spoke about Samuels’s alleged actions right after the shooting. “The allegations were disturbing. After the allegations occurred he immediately fleed the residence and fleed the state.”
The victim remains in stable condition, police said Tuesday.
Court documents obtained by News 8 show Samuels had no prior arrests but that there was an active warrant out for his arrest for an alleged robbery in 2021. On Tuesday, Samuel denied any involvement in the robbery.
Samuels is being held on a $750,000 bond and was arraigned Tuesday.
No plea was entered and the next court date is scheduled for July 13.
Samuels’ attorney said he maintains his innocence and he arranged for Samuels to turn himself in.
Police said the investigation remains active.