By Ed Brock
A 17-year-old Ellenwood boy is expected to survive a gunshot wound to the chin that he suffered after a friend of his accidentally shot him.
Jason Reed was standing in the driveway of his home on Oak Circle around 3:55 p.m. Thursday with several other people when the shooting occurred, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said. One of Reed's friends, 20-year-old Antwana Smith of Atlanta, had a 9mm handgun.
"They were sitting around playing with the gun," Turner said. "Smith chambered a round at which time the gun discharged and the bullet struck Reed in the chin."
Reed was taken by air ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center where he was expected to recover from his injuries.
Smith apparently left the scene and threw the gun into some bushes before being arrested, Turner said. He is charged with reckless conduct, tampering with evidence and obstruction of a police officer, all of which are misdemeanors.
Reed's sister 20-year-old Jessica Shaw said the shooting was definitely an accident.
"We all grew up together," Shaw said.
Shaw said she was standing in the driveway with her brother and Smith when the gun went off.
"The bullet went by my head and hit Reed," Shaw said.
Shaw said she thanks God every minute that Reed was not killed.
Down the road from the house, 6-year-old Ashleigh Sharpe saw Smith leaving the scene.
"I heard a pop and saw a great gun in his hand," Sharpe said. "He threw the gun in the bushes."
Sharpe's cousin, 18-year-old Brittney Grooms, said she also saw Smith.
"He really wasn't running, he was just walking really fast," Grooms said.
Turner said Smith has not told investigators where he got the gun, and Shaw said she didn't know where he got it, either.