PIQUA — The shooting of an 11-year-old boy in Piqua on Thursday afternoon has resulted in one person being charged with felonious assault.
“The 11-year-old initially claimed he was in a bicycle accident,” Chief of Police Bruce Jamison of the Piqua Police Department said. “At the hospital, it was determined the injury wasn’t consistent with a bicycle accident.”
The victim appeared to have been shot in the head. The Piqua Police Department was then contacted, and over the course of their investigation, they found that the victim had been shot at a residence on the 500 block of Gordon Street at around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
“There was evidence at the scene that the gun was fired there,” Jamison said. “We found at least one bullet hole.”
Levi D. Harrison, 21, of that residence, was charged with second-degree felonious assault. He was arraigned Friday morning and is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $25,000 bond.
The incident is still under investigation, but it appears that there was no malicious intent.
“We’re still interviewing people with firsthand knowledge of the event,” Jamison said. “It appears it was reckless handling of a firearm.”
When asked about the reported handgun used in the incident, Jamison said, “We have recovered a couple weapons which were concealed after the incident.”
According to Jamison, those weapons were hidden at a nearby neighbor’s home.
The victim is currently at Children’s Medical Hospital in Dayton, but is cooperating with detectives. He is in fair condition.
“He was able to pedal his bike home after the shooting,” Jamison said.
The Daily Call will continue to follow and update this story as more information becomes available.
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