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Morningside girl's shooting called accident

| Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 10:35 p.m.

A Pittsburgh man arrested for allegedly shooting a 12-year-old girl in the leg pleaded guilty in January in a separate case in which he fired shots out of a car.

Deandre Thomas, 22, fled a Morningside home on Thursday night after his new AK-style rifle “went off,” according to a criminal complaint. The girl was hit in her left leg, according to the complaint.

Ten minutes later, Thomas returned, telling police officers: “It was me.”

Thomas told police that he dropped by the home in the 1000 block of Jancey Street to show a friend the rifle. He was in the dining room “playing with the gun” when it fired, according to the complaint. Thomas said he did not know the gun was loaded.

The girl was taken to Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville in stable condition.

Officers charged Thomas with reckless endangerment and illegal possession of a firearm.

Police said he was remorseful about the accident, the details of which the girl's family confirmed.

Thomas also was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant in Derry Township.

Megan Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at 412-388-5815 or mharris@tribweb.com.

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