16-year-old recovering from gunshot wound

Published 6:09 pm Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A 16-year-old girl is recovering from a gunshot wound and two adults have been arrested following a domestic incident in Georgiana, said Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden.

Lori Watson Campbell, 45, and Dempsey Barefield, 52, were arrested and charged with assault, 2nd. Both were released on $10,000 bonds.

Harden said that his department received a call on March 26 in reference to a gunshot victim at Georgiana hospital.

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“After talking to the mother, she made a statement that she was trying to shoot a possum and accidentally shot her daughter,” said Harden. “After going to the scene where it took place, this story didn’t fit with what we saw.”

After arriving at 2148 Avant Road, Harden said, sheriff deputies talked further with the mother, and authorities were told that a male subject had also been at the scene when the incident occured. Harden said that Campbell and Dempsey had got in a struggle for a gun when the pistol discharged, shooting through a car door and hitting the 16-year-old inside through her left side.

The gunshot victim was transported from Georgiana Hospital to Montgomery and has been released, Harden said.

“She is going to be okay,” Harden said. “The bullet missed everything vital.”

Harden said that Dempsey is the current fire chief of Ozark Fire Rescue in Ozark, Ala.