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NCSO: Juvenile shot when he attacked adult

COVINGTON -- A 15-year-old juvenile is hospitalized after being shot by an adult Tuesday about 5 p.m., but the juvenile is the one facing charges, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

NCSO Public Information Office Courtney Morrison said when deputies responded to a call on Riverbrook Road from someone saying her brother had been shot and needed an ambulance, they found the 15-year-old with a gunshot wound to his leg.

"The adult was known to the 15-year-old. He had arrived at the residence to pick up some items and the juvenile began to attack the adult, who shot him with a pistol. The investigation determined the adult did shoot to defend himself. No charges are expected against the adult and charges are currently pending against the juvenile," Morrison said.

Morrison said there were two other people at the residence at the time of the altercation, but no one else was injured.

The juvenile remained hospitalized at press time and faces charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal damage to property.

In other crime news, NCSO investigators are still trying to determine what happened to a man who reported stepping outside his shop door, hearing a shot and "feeling something hit his stomach."

Morrison said the incident occurred on Snapping Shoals Road about 8 p.m. Sept. 7. The man said as soon as he stepped outside his shop door, he heard a gunshot, then heard it ricochet and then felt the impact on his stomach.

Morrison said "a small sliver of metal" that hit the man was recovered, but it has not been determined if it is actually from a bullet.

"We have nothing to confirm or nothing to deny it was a gunshot," she said. "He had minimal injuries," adding that he was taken to the hospital by private automobile as a precaution.