DETROIT (WWJ) – A Detroit man has been charged in the shooting of an 2-year-old boy.
According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office, 35-year-old Ferris Dixon was arguing with another man outside of a home on Gilchrist Street, near Grand River and Fenkell, when he shot at the man.
Officials say he instead shot the toddler, who is expected to survive from his injuries.
Dixon has been charged with two counts of Assault with Intent to Murder (Life or any term of years), one count of Felonious Assault (four years) and Felony Firearm (Mandatory two years consecutive).
An arraignment was set for Wednesday afternoon in 36th District Court. If Dixon is found guilty of the charges against him, he could serve life in prison.
“The variety of homicides and assaults on children we have been witnessing in Detroit over the last few months have all had common denominators: acquainted adults feuding, one of those adults shoots off a firearm and an innocent baby’s, or child’s, life is drastically altered,” said Prosecutor Kym Worthy. “Out of control adults behaving like unruly children and, as a result, children are put at risk of never achieving adulthood.”
The child was listed in good condition at Children’s Hospital on Wednesday.
The shooting on Friday, March 11, was the fourth of five in which a child was injured or killed in recent weeks.