The investigation into a 2-year-old’s death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Joliet remains ongoing and prosecutors have yet to review the case.
Shortly before 9 a.m. on June 2, officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of South Eastern Avenue and determined that 2-year-old Angelo Shelby shot himself after locating a loaded firearm in the living room, Joliet police officials said.
Three weeks later, the investigation of Shelby’s death remains open.
“This case is still under investigation and the decision to render any charges in this case would be made by the Will County State’s Attorney Office,” Joliet police Sgt. Dwayne English said on Friday.
Will County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney said that “this matter is not in our office for review at this time.”
English said the firearm involved in the incident was a .40-caliber pistol and it appeared the weapon was on a stand below a television.
“The weapon was not inside anything and did not appear to be locked,” English said.
At a press briefing held the same day as the shooting, Joliet police Lt. Joe Egizio said the firearm was “stored in a location that the infant was able to get control of the weapon.”
The firearm was legally owned by Shelby’s father, Vincent Shelby, who has been cooperative with detectives, according to police. The father and son were the only two occupants of the residence at the time, police said.
When officers arrived at the scene of the shooting, they immediately performed life-saving measures on Angelo Shelby, who was taken to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, police said. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
Angelo Shelby’s obituary described him as a “beautiful, sweet, smart and funny and not to mention, shy little guy.”
“Angelo loved his cars and trucks, he played with them morning, noon and night. When he didn’t have his cars, he had his phone watching Paw Patrol, Miraculous Ladybug, funny videos and dancing,” his obituary said.
Source: The Daily Chronicle