Accidental gunshot from next door hits St. Marys girl, 15

ST. MARYS, W.Va. – A 15-year-old Pleasants County girl was sent to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown Wednesday afternoon with a head wound after what is being deemed an accidental shooting, officials said.

The 15-year-old, whose name has not been provided, was rushed by Healthnet helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital after being shot in the head during the accident, said 1st Sgt. B. Snodgrass with the West Virginia State Police.

At approximately 4 p.m., Robbie Knight, 36, of Cloverdale Estates Road accidentally discharged his .40-caliber handgun inside his mobile home, said Snodgrass.

The incident took place at the Cloverdale Estates mobile home park, 5.2 miles southeast of St. Marys.

Knight was preparing to clean his handgun inside his mobile home when it accidentally discharged, Snodgrass said.

The bullet went through the wall of Knight’s mobile home without injuring anyone. It traveled the distance between mobile homes, penetrated the wall of the neighbor’s mobile home, and struck the 15-year-old in the head while she was watching television in the living room, Snodgrass said.

The 15-year-old was reported to be conscious and alert at the time of transport, Snodgrass said.

The 15-year-old was undergoing surgery Wednesday night and was listed in critical condition at the time, Snodgrass said.

Knight’s mother and the mother of the 15-year-old were present in their respective mobile homes when the incident occurred, Snodgrass said.

The Pleasants County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation, with assistance from West Virginia State Police troopers from the St. Marys and Parkersburg detachments and members of the West Virginia State Police Crime Scene Response Team, Snodgrass said.

No charges have been filed, Snodgrass said. Charges are anticipated when the investigation is concluded, he said.