Teen shot

Manuel Ryan Lara

WOODSBORO – A 16-year-old girl was HALO-flighted to Corpus Christi after she was shot at a residence on Burton Street in Woodsboro on Saturday evening around 7 o’clock.

The victim was first reported to be 13 years old.

Police Chief Martin De Leon said the girl underwent one surgery and was scheduled to have a second surgery Monday night for internal injuries.

De Leon said one arrest has been made in the shooting, and the suspect, Manuel Lara, 18, was charged with tampering/fabricating physical evidence (third degree felony) and unlawful carrying of a weapon (Class A misdemeanor).

“There were four of them in the room,” De Leon said.

“They were showing off, and the gun went off,” De Leon said.

“This type of gun doesn’t go off unless you pull the trigger,” he added.

Refugio County Sheriff Pinky Gonzales said he was told a group of youths were at the house playing around.

He said he was told the replica of a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol went off accidentally from kids jumping on a bed.

The bullet traveled through the girl and lodged in a wall. Gonzales said he did not know the extent of the injuries she sustained.

“The investigation is not over,” De Leon said.

Statements were taken from those at the house.

Lara was placed in the Refugio County Jail where he posted $20,000 bond and was released.

Tim Delaney is the Refugio editor at the  Advance-Guard Press and can be reached at 361-526-2397, or at refugio@mySouTex.com.