Man facing charges after six-year-old shot

Richmond RCMP have charged a 53-year-old Richmond man they believe shot a six-year-old boy in a quiet residential neighbourhood Tuesday.

Arrested was Fang Chi, who appeared in court Wednesday facing charges of pointing a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm, using a firearm in a careless manner and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

The incident happened early Tuesday afternoon at 10760 Whistler Crt., near Steveston Highway and Gilbert Road. Police responded to a report of shots fired, and upon arrival discovered a young boy had been shot.

According to RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley, the boy had been visiting from China. He underwent surgery Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery, she said.

“We are very fortunate that the boy’s injuries weren’t more severe," said Turley in a statement. "We all need to keep in mind that firearms are extremely dangerous and need to be treated with respect.”

Turley said the man charged is not known to police and has expressed remorse over the incident.

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