• 16-year-old boy accused of shooting girl in face turns himself in

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    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.


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    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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