Shooting victims condition unchanged


First Posted: 10/8/2009

The condition of a Mount Airy Middle School student wounded in a shooting on West Church Street earlier this week was unchanged Thursday, according to city police.
Meanwhile, it has been learned that the girls shooting Tuesday afternoon might have stemmed from an argument over a card game and the shooting may have been unintentional.
The Mount Airy Police Department has released few facts about the incident that sent the victim, who is about 13 years old, to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem in critical condition.
The police department did release a statement Thursday afternoon from Detective Sgt. Paul Barker, who is handling the case, that the condition of the girl, who suffered a single gunshot wound to the face, had not changed. Police also have no issued charges in the shooting, which the Surry County District Attorneys Office is reviewing.
Sources said the girl, who has been identified as Alissa Foster although that name or its spelling have not been released officially was still on a ventilator Thursday due to possibly suffering a collapsed lung.
The middle-schooler also has lost some eyesight and might face reconstructive surgery due to her facial injuries, sources said.
Police have said that the victim was shot inside her residence at 147 W. Church St.
A person of interest, believed to be the girls brother who is in his late teens, was taken into custody at the scene and questioned at length after the shooting.
Accounts from neighbors have indicated that a young male with blood on him ran screaming from the house and told one neighbor that he had just shot his sister in the head, according to previous reports.
The teen told the neighbor that he wasnt aware a shell was in the gun, which is believed to have been a shotgun containing birdshot, although nothing has been released officially concerning the weapon involved.
The sister and brother apparently had argued while playing cards before the shooting, which might have led to her inadvertent wounding, according to a source who said cards were found strewn inside the home afterward.
However, city police who are being assisted by the State Bureau of Investigation have not disclosed any possible scenarios being examined with regard to the incident being accidental or a result of malicious intent, recklessness or negligence.
Contact Tom Joyce at [email protected] or at 719-1924.

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