NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - Police have charged a teen after a 12-year-old girl was shot and injured during a sleepover in New Bern.
According to the New Bern Police Department, 17-year-old Anton Tirell Ward, of Charles Street, was arrested Monday. He is charged with possession of a firearm by a minor.
Investigators said the 12-year-old girl was shot at about 12:15 a.m. on June 11 at a home on the 1200 block of Kinston Street.
The girl was shot near her knee and had surgery at Vidant Medical Center, her family said. She is expected to make a full recovery.
The girl's grandmother said the 12-year-old was sleeping over at a friend's home when the 17-year-old suspect came over with a gun. The teen was showing off his firearm to the girls. But after he set the gun down, it went off, said the victim's grandmother.
Police have not confirmed that account, but did say the incident was an "accidental discharge" involving minors.
Investigators said no adults were at the home at the time of the shooting.
Family members say the shooting that injured a 12-year-old girl at a home in New Bern early Wednesday was all an accident.
The girl was shot near her knee and had surgery at Vidant Medical Center Wednesday morning, according to her grandmother Ellarenza Hatch. The girl is now out of surgery and is expected to recover.
The New Bern Police Department said the 12-year-old was shot at about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday at a residence on the 1200 block of Kinston Street, where the girl was sleeping over with friends. But no adults were at the house when the shooting happened, police said.
According to the family, the girl was sleeping over at a friend's home when a 17-year-old male came over with a gun. The teen was showing off his firearm to the girls. But after he set the gun down, it went off, Hatch said.
"He shouldn't have had it first of all. Then going to take it out and some body gets shot? I think it's ridiculous," Hatch said.
Police have not confirmed that account, but did say the incident was an "accidental discharge" involving minors. Police said the investigation is ongoing. At last check, no arrest had been made.
Laniah Jones is a friend of the victim's. She said the girl is a rising 7th-grader at Grover C. Fields Middle School. Jones also believes the shooting was likely an accident.
"I don't think anybody would want to do that on purpose," Jones said.
Jones added that the 12-year-old girl had a Facebook status letting her friends know she was doing okay.
Per the family's wishes, NewsChannel 12 has removed the name of the victim from this article.
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