A Jefferson teenager was charged with reckless conduct after wounding a friend in what he said was an accident that occurred while he was shooting for target practice, according to a Jackson County Sheriff’s report.
The victim was treated at Northridge Medical Center in Commerce for a bullet wound in his shoulder. The shooter, 17-year-old Cody Dean Robinson, was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor and reckless conduct and released from jail two days later on a $4,000 bond.
However, sheriff’s deputies found the story told by the teen regarding the April 23 incident not to be credible, according to the report. There was no evidence of any target practice at the place the teen described, nor do deputies believe he used a gun he claimed was used in the incident.
“Cody changed his story several times while was talking to him,” a deputy wrote in his report.
The teen told officers he was using his friend’s shoulder as a prop when he unintentionally shot him while target-practicing behind his home. However, people in the home told officers no one was shooting behind the house. A deputy examined the .40-caliber handgun that Robinson claimed he was using and deputies said the gun had not been fired.
The victim has also remained mum on the shooting, so the exact circumstances remain unknown, authorities said.
Additionally, when Robinson was arrested, he told authorities he had a “couple hundred dollars,” but a search showed he had $922 cash, officers said.
“As far as the actual story of what took place, he has not told us. There is definitely more to it,” Sheriff’s Capt. Dale Dillo said Tuesday, adding that no one else has come forward with an explanation of what happened.