Horseplay shooting leads to surgery, arrest

Published 12:29 pm Tuesday, August 5, 2014

LAPLACE — An 18-year-old local woman was hospitalized and a Garyville man was arrested following horseplay with a gun that led to a shooting, authorities said.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to River Parishes Hospital at 11:30 p.m. July 25 after an 18-year-old woman arrived with a gunshot wound in her left arm.

She was transferred to University Hospital and underwent surgery to repair the injury.

“Initially, the victim told deputies that she was shot outside her house in the 2100 block of Greenwood Drive in LaPlace by someone in a passing car,” a release from the Sheriff’s Office said.

“After further investigation by detectives, the victim admitted to detectives that she and her sister were in their house with two male friends. One of the friends took a gun from the waistband of his pants, and they ‘played around with the gun.'”

Authorities said the shooter thought he unloaded the gun and pulled the trigger.

“The gun discharged, and the bullet struck the victim in the arm,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “The victim’s friend, Elliot Weber, 17, from Garyville was arrested and booked with illegal use of a weapon for the criminally negligent discharging of a firearm resulting in great bodily harm.”

Weber remains in custody in lieu of a $10,000 bond.