W.Va. teen shot in leg

June 19, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police believe a 14-year-old girl was shot in the leg Wednesday evening while she and her boyfriend were looking at a gun in a house on Tabler Station Road.

After the girl was shot near the knee, she walked to the edge of Tabler Station Road near a neighbor's house, said West Virginia State Police Trooper D.D. Miller.

A neighbor across the street called 911 after noticing the girl along the road.

"She was just lying there. She looked like she was in shock," said Norman Angle, another neighbor who lives in the area.


Miller said the girl told authorities her 15-year-old boyfriend shot her with a 9mm gun, but it was an accident. Miller said she believes the gun went off while the girl and her boyfriend were looking at the gun in the basement of the house.

The two apparently were watching television as they were handling the gun, said Miller.

Miller would not identify the boy or the girl because they are both runaways.

Miller said the girl told police her boyfriend left the area on foot. State Police Sgt. Jim Humphrey searched the area but was unable to find the boy, Miller said.

The girl was taken to City Hospital near Martinsburg, but her injuries were not life threatening, said Miller.

"I think she sat in the house a little bit before she came out," said Miller, who received the call about 6:25 p.m.

The shooting occurred at the Al Perez residence, about half a mile west of the Tabler Station Road exit on Interstate 81.

The Perez family is currently vacationing in Florida, said neighbors. Police and neighbors believe children who live in the house allowed the runaway boy to stay in the house.

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