HINDS COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – A man was arrested in Hinds County after a 16-year-old girl was shot inside a vehicle. The incident happened just after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday on Terry Road near Highway 80.
Investigators said a deputy was flagged down at the intersection by a female driver of a small vehicle, which was occupied by the teen and another male. Deputies said the teen had been shot at a nearby business by the male passenger in the vehicle.
The victim was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson. At last check, she was listed in stable condition.
Deputies said they recovered a semi-automatic pistol from the vehicle. The male passenger, who was identified as 22-year-old Tony Tyler, and the female driver were both detained for questioning.
According to the preliminary report, the cause of the shooting was an alleged accidental discharge by Tyler. Further investigation disputed the validity of an accident discharge, and Tyler was charged with aggravated assault.
Deputies said the occupants of the vehicle all know one another, and the shooting victim and the suspect are friends. The driver of the vehicle was identified as the mother of the 16-year-old. She was questioned and released.