COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A teenage girl is dead and a man is under arrest after a shooting Tuesday afternoon on the city’s west side.
According to Columbus police, officers were sent to an apartment on the 700 block of West Rich Street at approximately 12:47 p.m.
Officers found the 16-year-old girl suffering from a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:58 p.m. Police on Wednesday identified her as Elisha Judd.
According to court documents, the suspect, Tejuan Stanley, 20, was arrested a short time later at a bus stop on the 5500 block of West Broad Street.
During an interview with police, Stanley allegedly admitted to pulling the trigger of the gun while it was pointed at the girl, claiming he accidentally loaded the bullet in the chamber after taking the gun apart and then putting it back together, according to court documents. Stanley told police he did not know the gun was loaded, court documents state.
Stanley is charged with reckless homicide and is being held in the Franklin County Jail. He is scheduled to be in court Wednesday morning.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730.