NASHUA - A New York man was charged Tuesday with reckless conduct as a result of a shooting Nov. 23 involving a handgun police say he accidentally fired into his hand, with the same bullet injuring an adult female.
Justin Morales, 29, of 18 Vermont View Drive, Apt. 12, Watervliet, N.Y., was arrested by Nashua police and charged with reckless conduct, a class B felony.
Police say on Nov. 23 at around 10:30 p.m., Morales fired the shot inside an apartment at 39 Congress St. When police arrived, they found Morales and a woman they did not identify both shot by the same bullet.
Morales told police at the time he was breaking down the handgun while it was still loaded. Police said the weapon was fired and a bullet went through his hand and then into the upper leg of the woman, who police said lived at the apartment.
Both parties were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
A class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison. Morales was released on $30,000 personal recognizance bail pending an upcoming arraignment in the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division.