Three teens, including the victim of Saturday's shooting, will most likely face delinquency charges as detectives of the Bellefontaine Police Department wrap up their investigation into the theft of the handgun and a subsequent accidental shooting.
Two adults also may be charged in connection with the theft and shooting.
Austin Allen, 15, was shot one time around 7:20 a.m. while at 809 Heritage Court, Apt. 36. The gunshot traveled through both of his legs and he was transported from the scene by a Bellefontaine squad and later was transferred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
He was treated and released that day and detectives interviewed him Sunday.
He faces a delinquency charge of felony theft for stealing a Beretta .40-caliber handgun from Kevin Fields' vehicle earlier Saturday while it was parked outside the Fields’ east Auburn Avenue residence.
Police report Austin, Nicholas Baker, 15, and another juvenile took the gun and were at the Heritage Court residence when Nicholas began playing with the firearm. It fired and the bullet hit Austin.
Nicholas tried to hide the firearm and it was moved at least one more time before police recovered it.
Police also recovered a flashlight, two knifes, a personal digital music player, a checking account debit card and charging cords taken from Mr. Fields' car.
Nicholas was lodged in the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center on delinquency charges of negligent assault, tampering with evidence and felony theft.
The third teen, whom police have not yet named, has been referred to juvenile prosecutors for several charges.
Two as yet named adults were referred to the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office for charges. Officers expect a warrant will be issued for one of the adults.