TAYLOR, Mich. - A 19-year-old Taylor man has been charged in connection with the shooting of a 16-year-old in the parking lot of a Little Caesars pizza place.
Lamar Eugene Thornton is accused of firing shots Saturday and hitting a teen waiting for a Hot-N-Ready pizza outside the restaurant.
Police said Thornton had been playing with a handgun around 9 p.m. in the back seat of a vehicle when it accidentally went off and struck his 16-year-old friend, who was sitting in the front passenger seat.
The girl was struck in the left hip and was taken to a nearby hospital. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
"That's horrible," said a man who lives in the area. "Everyone should have their guns locked up. It's a sad -- a 16-year-old girl like that. I have a daughter that age and it would kill me if that happened."
Thornton is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, larceny of a firearm, larceny in a building, two counts of assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer, reckless use of a firearm and two felony firearms violations.
Taylor police officer walks through the rain investigating shooting at Little Caesar's Pizza in Taylor on Saturday, June 17, 2017. (WDIV)
Little Caesar's Pizza in Taylor was closed for maintenance after a shooting Saturday, June 17, 2017. (WDIV)
Thornton is being held on $5,000 bail. He is expected to return to court June 26.
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