Man Dies After Being Shot by His Own Passenger During Drive-By Shooting

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July 26, 2019US News
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Man Dies After Being Shot by His Own Passenger During Drive-By Shooting
A police officer provides security near the parking lot of the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Nov. 8, 2018. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

A man has died after being shot by a passenger in his vehicle while driving in Chicago on Sunday, July 21, according to reports.

Matthew Gibson died on Monday as a result of injuries he suffered after being accidentally shot in the head by his own passenger the day before.

Gibson, 26, was driving along the first block of West 71st Street around 5:40 a.m. when he pulled up beside a white SUV that was waiting to make a left turn, the Chicago Sun Times reported. That’s when Jake Lee, the front-seat passenger in Gibson’s car, suddenly pulled out a handgun and began shooting the SUV, accidentally hitting Gibson in the process.

Gibson drove for another two miles after being shot by the .40 caliber.

The Chicago Sun Times reported that a 22-year-old man was also injured in the shooting.

Lee, 27, was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm on Tuesday and was denied bail. In addition, he will likely face a murder charge, Cook County prosecutors said.

An autopsy report released on Friday confirmed that Gibson of Hegewisch died as a result of a bullet wound to the head and his death was classified as a homicide, reported the Chicago Sun Times.

According to prosecutors, the shooting of Gibson was described to be a case of “drive-by gone bad” on Lee’s part.

Lee, of Englewood, initially told investigators that Gibson was hit by bullets fired from the SUV. When law enforcement presented the 27-year-old with evidence that disproved that, however, he admitted “he may have gotten some shots off,” prosecutors said.

Police also reviewed surveillance footage that captured the shooting and determined that no shots were fired from the SUV side, according to the Chicago Sun Times.  This was further corroborated due to the fact that Gibson’s car was not harmed during the one-sided hail of bullets from Lee’s handgun.

The Chicago Sun Times reported that Jake Lee was a cook and had been on parole since April 21 after serving eight years in jail for a charge on aggravated battery with a handgun in 2011, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections records, the newspaper reported.

According to the news outlet, Lee’s court hearing is set for Aug. 9.

4-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Himself

A 4-year-old boy that accidentally shot himself several weeks ago in Oakland, California, is apparently recovering. His mother credits divine intervention and suggested his recovery is miraculous.

Na’vaun Lamarii Price Jackson, the boy, found a gun under a pillow on March 27 where his mother’s estranged boyfriend, Terrence Wilson, lived. Wilson said that he slept with a gun underneath his pillow and forgot to secure it, KTVU reported.

After the shooting, doctors told his family that he might not ever be able to walk again or worse, he might be brain dead. He was immediately placed on life support and in a medically induced coma, according to the report.

In mid-April, however, his family posted videos on Facebook that show him exiting the hospital’s intensive care unit at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. The boy isn’t yet talking but can sip from a straw.

The video also showed that Band-Aids were placed between his eyes. The boy has been able to move around in a wheelchair.

“He’s breathing on his own, he’s doing something different every day,” his mother, Brijjanna Price, told KTVU.

The Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this article.

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