Teen girl killed by handgun from restaurant counter top

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in Savannah were investigating a shooting that killed a 14-year-old girl who was waiting for friends at a restaurant when a handgun they say had been laying on a counter in the restaurant was accidentally fired.

Savannah-Chatham Police said India Boston, of Savannah, appears to have been shot and killed when a gun was accidentally fired.

She was shot about 7:30 p.m. Friday at a neighborhood restaurant where she was a regular and knew many of the employees.

According to police, Boston was only at the restaurant a short time when an employee reported went to remove a loaded handgun from a counter top. The weapon fired, striking Boston in the head.

She was transported to Memorial Health University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

No charges had been filed in the case as of early Saturday morning.

The man who reportedly handled the gun was questioned and released after police contacted the district attorney’s office to make them aware of the situation.