Friday, April 1, 2016

Gun in pocket discharges inside store, wounding bystander; Boy fired .357 in bedroom, shot thru bedroom wall wounds sister, claims drive-by

West Palm police: Accidental shooting leaves one injured

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (3-31-16) One person sustained minor injuries Thursday afternoon after a gun accidentally discharged, city police said.

Just after 3:45 p.m., a young man was fidgeting with something in his pocket when a gun went off. The bullet hit a tile in a store on the 2100 block of north Tamarind Avenue and the broken tile hit a customer. Though he wasn’t t injured, the young man fled the store.

Police believe the shooting was an accidental discharge

Sabraton shooting ruled accidental

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (3-31-16) No charges will be filed in a Morgantown shooting that sent one woman to the hospital.

Betty Jo Strosnider, 32 of Monongalia County, is recovering from non life-threatening injuries she received early Tuesday morning.

Investigators discovered Strosnider accidentally shot herself once while sitting in a parked vehicle along the side of Eljadid Street.

Port St Lucie teen charged with having gun that wounded sister

PORT ST. LUCIE — When Port St. Lucie police got to a home Wednesday night after a report of gunfire inside, a 16-year-old boy said it was a drive-by shooting.

But that seemed suspect as police noticed a bullet hole in a wall at the Southeast Sims Circle home and a broken window at an improbable angle.

"The location of the bullet in relation to the window was cause for question that it would be able to have come from the outside," Master Sgt. Frank Sabol, police spokesman, said Thursday. "That's why when crime scene investigators got there, they did the testing of the trajectory to determine what line of travel the bullet took."

Police determined the teen was sitting in a chair in his bedroom at the time a .357-caliber revolver was fired. The bullet traveled through a wall and fragmented, leaving the boy's 14-year-old sister with minor injuries. She was taken to a hospital and treated for superficial wounds before being released, according to Sabol.

Police: Woman accidentally shoots, kills boyfriend while playing with gun

NEW ORLEANS (3-31-16) An Algiers woman is facing a negligent homicide charge for accidentally shooting her boyfriend with a gun she believed was unloaded.

Ebony Harmon was arrested after fatally shooting her boyfriend at a home in the 2100 block of Springbrook Lane, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

Around 5 p.m., police were called to the Algiers apartment, where the 25-year-old victim had been shot inside his home.

"According to Harmon, the two were playing with a weapon when the victim told her to shoot him. Believing the gun was not loaded, Harmon told detectives that she pulled the trigger. However, the gun was loaded, and as a result, the victim sustained a fatal gunshot wound," said a statement from police.

The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.

Man charged with attempted murder in North Knoxville shooting

KNOXVILLE, TN (3-31-16) A 41-year-old man is facing charges of attempted murder after allegedly opening fire on a group of people, including a baby, inside a North Knoxville home, according to arrest warrants.

Robert Elton Lowe Jr. is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and reckless endangerment in connection with the Monday night shooting at 519 E. Churchwell Ave., the warrants state.

The Knoxville Police Department initially described the incident as an exchange of gunfire — one victim was wounded in his ankle, and a second victim turned up later at a local hospital with an injury to his hand.

The warrants, however, only identify Lowe as a shooter. As of Thursday morning, he was the only person charged in the case.

Lowe and the victims had returned to the home from a store about 11:30 p.m. in the midst of an argument when he armed himself with an unspecified type of black firearm and opened fire, the warrants read.

"Victims ran from apartment. (Lowe) shot several more times outside at victims," the warrants state. "(Lowe) shot from his vehicle just prior to leaving. Victim 3 and her baby were on couch next to victims 1 and 2 when shooting started and were almost hit by gunfire."

Olajuwon Weston, who was shot in the ankle, contacted the News Sentinel on Wednesday night to say he did not have a weapon and did not shoot anyone.

Weston said that during the attack, the gunman accidentally shot his own finger off.

Asked what prompted the shooting, Weston said the shooter came into the house and said, 'So you're the one who put your hands on me," before he opened fire.

Lowe remained jailed in lieu of $250,000 bond Thursday.

More details as they develop online and in Friday's News Sentinel.

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