A teenager who supervised an 8-year-old who shot himself with an Uzi submachine gun at a 2008 gun fair testified Friday that he told the boy’s father that “it wasn’t a good idea” to let the child fire it.
Michael Spano was a witness in the trial of Edward Fleury, whose company co-sponsored the exhibition at the Westfield Sportsman’s Club. Fleury has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges in the death of Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn.
Spano said he offered the micro Uzi because Dr. Charles Bizilj wanted his two sons to shoot an automatic weapon and a regular Uzi the father had picked out was failing to fire in automatic mode.
“I told him it wasn’t a good idea because it shoots fast and kicks hard,” Spano said.
Christopher’s brother Colin, then 11 years old, fired the micro Uzi first. Then Christopher came up to the firing line. Spano said he had one hand on Christopher and one on the gun.
“He was shooting fine, then something happened,” Spano said. “I ran over to my father and I told him the gun hit the kid in the face.”
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