A Fauquier County man stands accused of shooting a teenager in the foot while playing with a gun in Front Royal last month.
Authorities in Fauquier County arrested Steven Wendell Timbers Jr. on Sept. 25 on one count each of maliciously discharging a firearm in an occupied building and reckless handling of a gun, according to the Front Royal Police Department. Timbers remains free on bond, according to Front Royal police Detective Zachary King.
A criminal complaint in the case states that town police responded to 101 Steele Ave. on Sept. 9 for a call about a juvenile shot in the foot. Officers investigated and found that Timbers, 19, of 7147 Academy Road, Warrenton, was in the basement with a 16-year-old boy, the complaint states. Timbers accidentally fired a .45-caliber handgun, the complaint notes.
“During an interview with Timbers, he stated that the magazine of the gun was empty, however, he did not realize a cartridge was still in the chamber,” the complaint states. “Timbers stated that he was ‘playing’ with the gun when he pulled the trigger and the gun fired.
“Timbers and another witness fled the scene before units arrived and (the victim) was transported to Winchester Medical Center for treatment,” the complaint adds. “The other witness, Marquise Cameron, was also interviewed and provided the same version of events.”
Discharging a firearm in an occupied building, a Class 4 felony, carries a penalty of two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. Reckless handling of a firearm, a Class 1 misdemeanor, carries a penalty of up to 12 months in jail.
Arrest warrants indicate Timbers is scheduled to appear in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Thursday.
Authorities did not charge Timbers with any offenses related to the boy’s injuries such as unlawful or malicious wounding. Information on who owned the gun or if Timbers had a permit to possess a firearm was not available.