Teen Charged In Shooting

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

May 9, 2005

A local boy is recovering at the University of Virginia Hospital after allegedly being shot by his friend.

The victim, 14-year-old Daytron Washington, is listed in good condition. The 16-year-old alleged shooter is being held at a juvenile detention center after a judge denied his bond this morning. CBS19/ABC16 spoke with both of the teens' families who know each other very well. So far, both sides agree there doesn't appear to be any hard feelings.

"It was just a group boys playing, horse-playing, and it happened to be my child," said Lisa Washington, the victim's mother.

Horse-play turned dangerous for Washington who was shot once in the stomach. On Monday, the suspect's family spoke out about Saturday's shooting.

"I think it was a terrible accident that shouldn't have happened," said Ebonie Jones, a cousin of the suspect.

Ebonie Jones lives in the apartment complex off of South 1st Street where Daytron was shot. She knows both of the teens personally. Jones believes the suspect was only planning to show off the gun, never thinking it could accidentally discharge and shoot someone. It was an accident that now brings consequences.

"He's going to have to deal with the law and he's going to deal with his conscious and I'm sure right now, his conscious is not very good," said Jones.

Though she too believes the shooting was accidental, Daytron's mom is also reminded of how in the wrong hands, a gun can only mean one thing: trouble.

"I have questions for him that he probably can't even answer, but I can't say nothing bad about him, it just happened to be my child," said Washington.

The 16-year-old faces three charges in Saturday's shooting, including two felony charges of malicious wounding, and use of a firearm. His trial date is set for May 24th. Police are still investigating how the gun got into his hands.

Saturday's incident is the second one in two weeks involving a student from Buford Middle School. Just over a week ago, another student survived a stabbing.

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