SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The father of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with an Uzi submachine gun at a gun fair has taken the stand in the trial of a former police chief charged in the death.

Dr. Charles Bizilj, of Ashford, Conn., said in early testimony that there was great excitement about going to the event and that he had first heard about it months before.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

Former Pelham, Mass. Chief Edward Fleury, whose company co-sponsored the 2008 gun fair, is charged with manslaughter in the death of Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn. He has pleaded not guilty.

Earlier Thursday, Gary Hobaica, a nurse who works with Dr. Bizilj, testified he was taking pictures of Christopher when he heard a gunshot.

Hobaica said he saw the boy on the ground with his father trying to control the bleeding.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (8)
  1. edwal says:

    the dad should aslso be on trial for allowing an 8 yr old near a uzi

  2. Carol David says:

    The father has the gall to testify at this trial – saying the event sponsor is responsible? When he took his son, and allowed him to shoot a machine gun? The father has 100% of the blame.

  3. Richard S. Churchill says:

    The wrong person is on trial. Any father who allows a 8 year old to handle an automatic weapon with the capacity of an Uzi should be the one on trial. I know many police officers who are not capable of handling of weapo of this type. I am a retired police officer and firearms instructor and I would be extremely cautious in what adults I would allow to handle a automatic weapon, certainly not a child.

  4. Mortifiied says:

    Accidents happen. No one should on trial. There should have been more safty precautions. The UZI should have only had 1 round in it

    1. common-sense says:

      No- accidents DON’T happen!
      Ignorance and carelessness happen, and that’s exactly what happen here. There is no such thing as an “accident” there is always ALWAYS someone at fault who made a bad decision.


      A beautiful 8 year old boy is dead because of a lapse in judgement between BOTH the CHief & the father!!!

  5. justice for all says:

    “Common sense” is right 100% on his post
    As a father of an 8 & 2 year old- I want to throw up every time I see this video.
    I’m a former Marine- I’ve seen death first hand- lost many brothers to a metal jacket- this story breaks my heart to no end.
    If this had happened to my son- I could not go on.

  6. emom says:

    Yeah like he was thinkng before allowing a child to use a weapon.. sorry but he is at fault ,,, never ever allow a child to hold or use a weapon,,, sad ,,

  7. Dave in NH says:

    Typical Massachusetts….trying to legislate common sense. I am stunned by the absolute lack of accountability on the part of this child’s father. Why? Because he’s a doctor? Unbelievable. And another thing…..the range warden or “instructor” who had his hand above the child’s has some culpability here. That’s my $0.02 worth.

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