A Lancaster city man faces multiple charges after he accidentally shot his next-door neighbor through a shared wall as she lay in bed Sunday night, police said.
Allante Floyd, 25, of 218 E. Liberty St., Apt. 2, was arrested Monday and charged with recklessly endangering another person, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, simple assault and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
Police responded just after 11 p.m. Sunday night to 216 E. Liberty St., where they found Nelmarys Rivera-Alequin, 38, in an upstairs bedroom with a single gunshot wound to the head, according to a criminal complaint.
Rivera-Alequin, who was shot as she lay in bed next to her husband, was taken to the hospital and remained in critical, but stable, condition Monday afternoon, Lancaster city police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser said.
Rivera-Alequin’s two children were also in the single-family home at the time of the incident. The properties are both two-story, brick rowhouses built around 1918.
Floyd, who called 911 after the incident and went over to try to help his neighbor, told police at the scene he accidentally fired the shot as he was cleaning his gun, an "AK-47-style pistol," according to police and the complaint.
The gun is a Century Arms Model PAP M92 that shoots that shoots a “military-style” bullet, Berkihiser said.
Floyd also told police he had been smoking marijuana in his apartment before the incident, the complaint said.
At a Monday afternoon press conference, Berkihiser emphasized that Floyd had been cooperative and that the shooting appeared entirely accidental.
“This is an absolute tragedy for Nelmarys’ family, especially her husband and children. This is also a life-changing tragedy for Mr. Floyd, who is understandably distraught over the incident,” Berkihiser said.
“Accidents happen,” he said. “Unfortunately, this one is a severe tragedy.”
Floyd was arrested Monday and arraigned by District Judge Janice Jimenez. He was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $750,000 bail.
Berkhiser said the charges against Floyd could be updated if the condition of the victim changes, although he didn’t say what additional charges might be filed.