Gun cleaning mishap sends bullet through wall, teen next door is hit

Gun cleaning mishap sends bullet through wall, teen next door is hit »Play Video
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PORTLAND, Ore. - A 17-year-old girl was injured Wednesday evening when a bullet traveled through a wall and hit her.

The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 1200 block of Southeast 130th Avenue.

Christopher Morris, 52, told police he was cleaning a lever-action rifle when the gun discharged, sending a bullet into a neighboring unit. The bullet went through a wall and a couch, hit the teenager's leg and then went through another wall.

The young woman, Leilina Chipen, suffered a non-life-threatening leg wound and was taken to a hospital for treatment. She has since been released.

For Rebecca Andyke, another neighbor, it was a close call.

"We were both sitting on the couch. It easily could have been us - easily," she said. "We're lucky to be safe and able to go home tonight and I wish the best for the girl who got grazed."

Morris cooperated in the investigation and no charges have been filed at this time. However, the case has been forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.