The Paducah man accused of shooting another in the head told police he had been playing with a gun he didn’t realize was loaded, according to the Paducah Police Department.

William R. Moore, 20, was arrested Wednesday after a pursuit through the woods, police said.

Moore is charged with first-degree assault in the shooting of Tyriek Simmons at an apartment on North Seventh Street.

Police said Thursday Simmons was taken to an out-of-state hospital in critical condition.

Moore had just been released from jail on Monday on parole after serving a portion of a 25-month sentence from charges he picked up in November.

According to a citation in that case, Moore had fired shots at a man in an alley off of 26th Street in early November.

He pleaded guilty in March to first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree criminal mischief, fleeing or evading police and tampering with physical evidence.

Moore is incarcerated in the McCracken County Regional Jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

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