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Man charged after baby wounded in Durham shooting

Posted February 19, 2014 10:22 a.m. EST
Updated February 19, 2014 6:09 p.m. EST

— A Durham man was charged Wednesday after a 5-month-old girl was shot in the hand and leg, police said.

Police said the baby, whom neighbors said was called Jay, wounds don't appear to be life-threatening.

Arin Tavon Futrell, 21, was charged with felony negligent child abuse resulting in bodily injury. He was had outstanding warrants charging him with attempted breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering.

The shooting occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. at 402 Macon St. Police initially said it was part of a domestic dispute, but they later backed off that assertion, saying it was an accident.

Neighbor Johnell Johnson disputes that, saying Marilyn Peace, who lives next door, was arguing with her boyfriend on the front porch when the man fired a shot.

"I thought he shot in the air," Johnson said. "I think the mom was in shock."

After the shooting, neighbors said, Peace jumped into a car with the suspected shooter and drove off, apparently to get the child help.

"Then, as sudden as that happened, everybody jumped in the car, and everybody left," Quintarius Justice said.

Johnson said the couple has been dating for a few months, and she has never heard them arguing before.

"I just wish I would have known it was going to escalate like this," he said. "He didn't have any regard for her or the baby. He just shot blindly. He didn't care who he hit."

The baby was being treated at Duke University Hospital, and Justice said he is glad she is doing OK. But he said the shooting should have never happened.

"In any situation you can think of, there's no good reason for a firearm to be pointed toward a child," he said.