Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy, III announced Monday Dec. 27, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office arrested Edward J. O Rourke, Jr., whose 12-year-old son allegedly shot his friend in the Town of Wilton on Wednesday. Dec. 22.
O‘Rourke is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, according to officials.
He and another boy were said to be playing with his father’s hand gun and the boy appears to have accidentally shot his friend, Nicholas Naumkin, in the head, believing it not to be loaded, according to Saratoga County officials.
Saratoga Count District Attorney James Murphy spoke with Maple Avenue Middle School Principal Stuart Byrne as both boys attended the school and Byrne is planning to mobilize the school’s crisis team preparing for the repercussions of the incident, according to information from the district attorney’s office.
O’Rourke was arraigned in the Town of Wilton Court on Dec. 27 and released with conditions to Saratoga County Pretrial Services. He is scheduled to return to Wilton Town Court on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 4:00 p.m.
Charges involving the boy who allegedly shot his friend will be handled in the Saratoga County Family by the Saratoga County Attorney’s Office.
O’Rourke’s son, the alleged shooter, has been charged with second degree manslaughter.