Anthony William Griffith, 19, of White Sulphur Springs, has been arrested after allegedly firing a AK-47 inside his home on Tuckahoe Road around 11 a.m. Monday and injuring 26-year-old Effie Harth and her 4-year-old son, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Greenbrier County Magistrate Court.
In the report, Cpl. J. L. Burdette said Harth was struck twice, once in the left forearm and once in the back of the left leg, and was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The 4-year-old was struck in the neck and taken to Greenbrier Valley Medical Center for treatment.
In a statement to police, Williams said he got out the weapon, cleared the chamber, put the ejected round back into the magazine, and then put the magazine back into the gun, ready to go behind the residence and target shoot.
Williams told police the gun went off and scared him.
The two victims were in the kitchen and empty cartridges were recovered on the living room floor, according to the complaint. It is unclear if the victims were shot through a wall.
According to the complaint, “The accused stated that this firearm is in good functional order, but is a semiautomatic rifle, requiring the trigger to be pulled for each shot to be fired. If this started as an accident, the accused continued to fire three more rounds, all the while inside the residence and pointing this firearm at two persons.”
Witnesses at the scene told police Williams has threatened to kill people in the home prior to Monday’s incident, and that he has discharged rounds in the home before.
Why the fuck was this nutball allowed to have any gun, let alone an AK-47? Oh right, I forgot: freedom, Constitution, mah raaaahts!, etc. etc. Thinning the herd, y’all.