A 16-year-old boy is accused of careless handling of a firearm after Ada County sheriff’s deputies say he accidentally shot a 15-year-old girl in the leg on July 2.
Deputies are also recommending a misdemeanor charge against the girl for allegedly providing false information to law enforcement. Deputies accused her of initially telling law enforcement that she was shot in the leg by people driving by while she was walking on Ustick Road, something investigators say was false.
The girl didn’t call 911 to report what happened and deputies found out about the shooting only after getting a report from a third party that a girl with a bullet wound in her leg was being treated at a local emergency room, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives interviewed several people and followed numerous leads before determining that the shooting actually occurred inside the girl’s home. She was not seriously injured and was released from the hospital within hours.
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An arrest warrant was issued for the boy Tuesday, and he turned himself in Thursday morning. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of being a minor in possession of a firearm.
Deputies are also recommending that the 35-year-old man who allegedly drove the girl to the hospital be charged with providing false information to law enforcement.
That man initially told deputies he did not know the girl but picked her up after she waved him down from the side of the street. Detectives say the man knew both of the teenagers.
The Sheriff’s Office did not disclose any of the people’s names.