STAMFORD, Texas - An 11-year-old Stamford boy was shot by his stepfather Tuesday after the child followed his mother's direction to hand her a pack of cigarettes and the man didn't want him to do so, police say.
Michael Quinonez, 24, has been arrested in connection with the 4:30 p.m. shooting in the 400 block of Occident Street, according to Stamford Police Chief Darwin Houston.
Quinonez has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon – family violence, felon in possession of a firearm and having a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun in a weapon-free school zone, Houston said. He remains in Jones County Jail.
Houston said Quinonez and the child's 30-year-old mother got into a verbal confrontation over the mother asking the child to pick up a pack of cigarettes. There was a loaded 410 shotgun on the bed, which Quinonez reportedly picked up and shot the child in the upper thigh area, Houston said.
When police arrived, Quinonez was applying pressure to the child's bleeding wound, the chief said.
The 11-year-old boy was flown to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene and then ultimately to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Houston said.
Paul Wright, the child's youth minister at Common Ground Youth Ministry, said the boy was able to sit up in bed Wednesday at the Lubbock hospital.
"It's just unfortunate this happened, just know that we are praying for him. As a youth group, as a community, as a family. He and his family are in our prayers." Says Wright, who visited the child in Lubbock Wednesday afternoon.