Newport News man accidentally shoots girlfriend

Posted at 11:13 AM, Apr 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-15 13:38:41-04

Yorktown, Va. – A 23-year-old Yorktown woman was accidentally shot on Sunday when her boyfriend accidentally discharged his gun while putting it away.

According to Newport News Police, they responded to the 200 block of Beechmont Drive in reference to a shooting and found 24-year-old Ashton Wells carrying his girlfriend and advising she had been accidentally shot.

Wells informed police that his handgun had gone off accidentally while he was putting it away and the round struck his girlfriend.

As a result, the victim suffered a non life-threatening gunshot wound to the abdomen and was transported to an area hospital.

Wells was detained and the gun was made safe.

Wells has been charged with felony unlawful discharge of a firearm within an occupied dwelling and misdemeanor reckless handling of a firearm.