CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A 19-year-old woman was shot in the face and seriously injured in Hickory Monday night. A 15-year-old has been arrested in the case.
According to investigators, the incident happened around 8:53 p.m. on 19th Avenue Southwest near Brookford.
The woman was taken to Atrium in Charlotte where she remains in critical condition.
The original call to 911 indicated the incident may have been an accident “She had shot herself,” said the caller and later added that the victim had been “Playing with the gun.”
Investigators say the evidence showed otherwise and that statements from people who were there refute the theory that it was an accident. Authorities were on the scene for hours before deciding to charge a 15 year old boy with the shooting.
Few details are being released because the boy is being charged as a juvenile. A hearing is set for Friday in Juvenile Court. Investigators say they still have work to do in the case.
No names have been released.