NORTH BRADDOCK, Pa. - A 16-year-old boy who is accused of shooting a girl in the face at a North Braddock apartment turned himself into police on Thursday.
The shooting happened Monday about 8:30 p.m. at General Braddock Towers on Sixth Street.
According to a criminal complaint, the boy, Damond Thomas, was visiting from West Mifflin and was playing around with the gun when it went off in a bedroom and a bullet struck the girl’s cheek. Police said Thomas brought the gun to the apartment.
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Investigators said the 16-year-old girl had asked Thomas to put the gun away because she was afraid of it. Instead, he allegedly waved the gun in her face as a joke and it went off.
The girl told police Thomas immediately ran away. She was visiting her cousin at the apartment when Thomas showed up with a group of friends.
Surveillance video shows Thomas and two of his friends running from the building after the shooting, police said.
The girl also told police that before she was shot, she and her cousin were so scared of the gun that they hid in a bathroom.
Thomas is facing charges including aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a firearm by a minor, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
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