ANDERSON — Two people were arrested Thursday morning in connection with what police call an accidental shooting.
Police said a 16-year-old male faces juvenile charges of criminal recklessness, carrying a handgun without a permit and receiving stolen property for his involvement in the Wednesday night incident, which happened in a car in the 2000 block of Central Avenue. Emilio B. Dimas, 20, faces adult felony charges of assisting a criminal and receiving stolen property, and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a handgun without a permit. Both are from Anderson.
According to Anderson Police Department public information officer Joel Sandefur, the incident happened about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Four people were in the vehicle: the minor, Dimas, another passenger and driver Chelsee Graggs. Dimas and the teenager were in the back seat playing with a semi-automatic 22-caliber handgun. The teen was reportedly pulling the slide back and forth on the weapon and accidentally discharged a round, which fired into the front seat and struck Graggs in the hip.
Dimas, who is on probation for prior convictions and is out on bail for other pending charges, allegedly took the gun, which was discovered to have been stolen, and attempted to hide it somewhere in the 2200 block of Central Avenue, Sandefur said. The other three drove the vehicle to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, where Graggs was admitted to be treated for the gunshot wound.
Sandefur said he didn’t have an update on Graggs’ condition Thursday evening, but that her injury wasn’t life-threatening. The witnesses all reported to police that the discharge of the weapon was accidental.
After an investigation, police arrested the teen and eventually tracked down Dimas. Both remained in custody Thursday evening.
Dimas has prior convictions of public intoxication and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. He also has pending charges of criminal mischief, criminal conversion and probation violation.
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