- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) - Barrow County sheriff’s officials say a man has been arrested in the shooting of a 9-year-old girl.

Capt. Matt Guthas says 25-year-old Tyler Lewis of Winder was dismantling and reassembling a pistol in front of his girlfriend’s three children Monday. Guthas says Lewis asked the children to time him while he reassembled the gun several times and eventually pulled the trigger while the girl sat next to him.

Guthas says Lewis is charged with reckless conduct, cruelty to children, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Guthas says marijuana was found while investigators executed a search warrant.

The girl is in critical condition and it’s unclear if Lewis has an attorney.

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