Teenager in stable condition after accidental shooting

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 19, 2014

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EASTPOINTE — A Harper Woods teenager is in stable condition after an Eastpointe resident allegedly accidentally shot him.

According to Lt. Neil Childs, of the Eastpointe Police Department, at 4:30 p.m. March 9, the victim was visiting his grandmother’s home in the 23000 block of Normandy and had three other people over in a bedroom. Edward Thomas, 18, was one of the victim’s guests, and Thomas allegedly had pulled out a firearm he owned to show it off.

“It was a revolver,” Childs said. “He pulled the trigger, nothing happened, and as he was waving it around, he pulled the trigger again and it fired.”

The bullet reportedly struck the victim in the side, and he was taken to St. John Hospital for treatment. Childs said that Thomas has been charged with careless discharge of a firearm causing injury, which is a two-year high court misdemeanor.

“Our victim was very lucky,” Childs said. “Anytime you get like this — he’s just lucky he’s still all right.”

Childs said it was uncommon for 18-year-olds to own firearms, but that it is certainly possible for them to legally possess them. He said that more care needs to be utilized when handling firearms to avoid potentially deadly accidents.

“That was very careless to do that. You don’t ever point those at someone’s direction, whether you think they’re loaded or unloaded,” he said. “That’s just too dangerous.”

Thomas was arraigned in the 38th District Court and has requested a court-appointed attorney, Maria Panchenko, though she will not see the paperwork pertaining to the case until his next court date, March 18. Panchenko could not be reached for comment by press time.

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