Northlake police charge teenage gang member after he accidentally shot himself

A 16-year-old gang member was charged with making a false police report and reckless discharge of a firearm after he accidentally shot himself in the foot.

Police got a call from Gottlieb hospital about 9 p.m. on July 4 about a gunshot victim. The Northlake boy, a member of the Latin Kings gang, said he was riding his bicycle near LeMoyne and 46th when he felt a pain in his foot and realized he’d been shot.

“Eventually it was disproven,” said Cmdr. Jay Militello. “He confessed to making a false police report and to accidentally discharging the gun while he was cocking it.”

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