A 15-year-old girl and a 25-year-old Williamsburg man were charged Monday in connection with the accidental shooting of a 16-year-old girl in Laurel County.
According to a written release from Laurel County Sheriff John Root’s office, Shawn Perkins, 25, of Williamsburg was in a Hyundai on Fiechter Lane near London with two teenage girls — a 16-year-old driver and a 15-year-old passenger. Sheriff department officials said Perkins, who was in the front passenger seat, allowed the 15-year-old, who was in the back seat, to handle a Hi-Point 9mm handgun. The gun discharged and struck the 16-year-old driver in the back. The driver had to be flown to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in Lexington. Police said the 16-year-old had serious injuries.
Perkins was charged with unlawfully permitting a minor to possess a handgun — a Class D felony. Perkins is in the Laurel County Detention Center.
The 15-year-old juvenile from London was charged with assault, wanton endangerment and possession of handgun by a minor.