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Father charged in connection to fatal shooting of 9-year-old son in Syracuse

Jermaine Moore/ Syracuse Police

Syracuse Police have charged a father in connection to the death of his 9-year-old son, who was allegedly shot by his 10-year-old brother.

Police said after consulting with the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office, 44-year-old Jermaine Moore was charged Tuesday with third-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Moore was arraigned in Onondaga County Court Wednesday and held on $10,000 cash or bond. He's due back in court on September 11.

The charges come in connection to the death of 9-year-old Shaleek Carrears. Police were called to the home on Hartson Street just after 2:30 a.m. on August 21 in response to the shooting. Police said the child died a short time later from his injuries.

District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick said the boy's 10-year-old brother had pulled the trigger.

After the shooting, the DA's office said the gun used was possessed illegally by Moore. The gun was unsecured at the time, authorities said.

Sources later told to CNYCentral the gun had been stolen from former Syracuse firefighter Ted Ackerman about one year earlier.

Ackerman was fired in April after being charged for tampering with evidence in connection to the hit and run crash that killed 18-year-old Seth Collier in March. Ackerman has pleaded not guilty to that charge.

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