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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A 19-year-old Albany State University student is hospitalized, Critically wounded by a gunshot to her head. She was shot as she sat at a dining table inside a west Albany apartment.

A fellow ASU student is charged with aggravated battery.  It's possible the shooting was an accident, but police won't tell us much.

The shooting happened around 1:00AM at the Westwood Apartments on West Broad Avenue.  Police have been very tight lipped about what happened, as the investigation continued well into the afternoon.

APD's bomb and firearm sniffing dog 'Bubi' searches the bushes outside the apartment where 19-year-old Jasmine McCreary was shot early Wednesday morning.  The Albany State student from Atlanta was hit in the head by the bullet.

Westwood Apartments owner Dennis Finch said, "She is in the hospital now fighting for her life."

21-year-old Dantevius Pryor, also an Albany State student from Suwanee in Gwinnett County, is charged with aggravated battery and possession of a firearm in connection with her shooting.

"They suspect so far it's an accident.  The gun discharged in a closet and caused this to happen.  But they are still investigating, so we'll find out," Finch said.

Finch said the bullet went through two walls, from the bedroom closet, hitting McCreary, who was sitting at the dining room table.

Police would not say what they  were using the dog to search for, but neighbors tell us Investigators were looking for the gun, which was missing when officers arrived.    

Neither McCreary nor Pryor lived at the apartment complex. "Could be a girlfriend of the two who do live here, or it could be a friend of theirs.  But they are not residents of Westwood," Manager Mary Finch said.

Kjiyeon Kim, who lives above that apartment  said she heard the shot, but no other loud noises or arguments. "That's why I didn't think that it was a gunshot sound.  Just heard pow, and that was all.  Didn't hear any screaming or something."

Palmyra Medical Center officials say McCreary's family has asked that all information about her be kept private, so we are not sure her actual condition.

We talked with neighbors to that Albany apartment, and they were all surprised by the shooting. No one said they knew or had ever seen McCreary or Pryor.  They said the complex is quiet and safe, so this shooting was a real shock.

Albany Police say they are still investigating the events that led to the shooting.  Until they figure that out, they refuse to say much about the case.


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