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Man fumbled gun in accidental shooting

August 25, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- A man charged in the accidental shooting of a woman in a Washington Avenue apartment Sunday night told police the shooting occurred when he fumbled with a 9 mm handgun and almost dropped it.

John Alvin Lucky, 24, said when he grabbed the gun after fumbling with it, the weapon fired, striking his roommate, Stephanie Renee Dews, in the face, according to Washington County District Court records.

Dews, 18, was in critical condition Tuesday night at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Lucky told police that Dews is one of his best friends and that he did not mean to shoot her, records state.

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Lucky said the shooting, which was reported at 11:41 p.m., occurred when he and Dews were in the living room, according to records.

"Lucky told us that he usually does not keep a round in the chamber, however, he does keep five to 10 rounds in the magazine," Hagerstown Police Detective Charles D. Coy said in a criminal complaint.

Lucky said he was standing up with the pistol in his hand when he fumbled with it, records state.

Dews was interviewed before being transferred to Baltimore and said the shooting was accidental, according to records.

Lucky was charged with one count of reckless endangerment and one count of discharging a firearm within city limits, police said.

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