Shooting remains a mystery

Police continue to investigate incident that wounded teen.
Thursday, June 17, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:57 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Police are continuing to investigate the accidental shooting of a 17-year-old girl Sunday afternoon in order to determine if there was a legal violation, said Sgt. Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

The girl was in fair condition at University Hospital, Reddin said Wednesday.

Investigators are working to determine if charges need to be filed even though the shooting was ruled to be accidental, Reddin said.

The shooting occurred north of Columbia at 501-A Mauller Road. An occupant of the house fired a hand gun through the floor. The bullet struck the girl in the back as she was making a bed in the lower floor of the home.

Other than the victim, three people were present in the home at the time of the shooting. One was a juvenile, and the other two were 18 or older, Reddin said.

Reddin said he could not comment on the relation of the people in the residence. Reddin said he would not release the name or age of the shooter because no charges have been filed.

He also said the 17-year-old girl’s name will not be released at the request of the woman, her mother and investigators in order to avoid creating problems with the ongoing investigation.

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