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.
“This is such a tragedy, especially just before Christmas. Life is so precious and we all need to stop for a moment and think about how fortunate we are to have each other. It’s not about the gifts or the parties, it’s about the enduring friendships and the love of family. Nothing we do will bring this family their son back, but we owe it to them to thoroughly investigate this case and that is what Sheriff Bowen and I intend to do. He and I and our staff will be working over the holiday weekend in order to make sure that every aspect of this case is examined and that we come to a conclusion on how to proceed as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Murphey said.
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.