Morningside girl's shooting called accident
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Megan Harris to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Pittsburgh police break up customer fights over Air Jordan 11 shoes
- Environmental teachers glean new ideas from networking
- Pittsburgh adjusting to new bicycle lane, ‘stop boxes’
- Icy roads, cold causing school delays, wrecks in Western Pa.
- Pittsburgh fraud case, Uganda-based counterfeiting racket linked
- Brashear High ‘little libraries’ program rolls out
- Second African penguin chick hatches at National Aviary
- Newsmaker: Cindy Marzock
- The Exchange offers reward for information that leads to the arrest of person who shot Ross clerk
- German firm Nextbike to provide first 500 bikes for Pittsburgh sharing program
- Penguins player might have exposed Children’s Hospital patients to mumps