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Quincy woman injured by bullet shot through floor, officials say

Posted by dinouye  June 21, 2011 12:30 PM

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A man at a Quincy apartment allegedly shot a bullet through the floor by accident, injuring a woman in an apartment one floor down, officials said.

Joshua Perry, 26, accidentally fired his roommate Christopher King’s gun on Friday night, injuring the woman in the hand. He was arraigned in Quincy District Court on Monday on several charges.

King works at an armored car company, and had left his .40-caliber gun on the living room table after work, he told officials. He and Perry began drinking, then went to a Red Sox game, and when they got home around 11 p.m., King went to bed, said Quincy police Captain John Dougan.

Perry pointed the gun at the wall and thought it wasn’t loaded, Dougan said. The gun jerked, sending a bullet through the floor.

“If you don’t use a gun, it will jerk ... and pull a little bit, so instead of shooting the wall he hit the floor,” Dougan said.

The woman reported to police that she was originally unsure what had hit her, and her friend immediately took her to Boston Medical Center, where employees called Quincy police at 12:04 a.m. Saturday. She has since been released.

Perry pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, and firing a gun within 500 feet of a dwelling, Norfolk District Attorney spokesman David Traub said. King is expected to be summonsed to court for improper storage of a large-capacity firearm, Dougan said.

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