Anne Arundel County police say a prank that turned serious on Thursday resulted in one man being sent to the hospital for a gunshot wound — and another charged with second-degree assault.
Police said they were called around 3:50 a.m. to a home in the 1300 block of Burton River Road in the Lothian area, where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower torso. He did not have life-threatening injuries and was taken to Prince George's Hospital, police said.
Police said that after collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses they determined that several people at the house all knew each other, and the victim, a 21-year-old man from Edgewater, was asleep when another man, apparently attempting to pull a prank, grabbed a .40 caliber handgun, which police said he believed to be a BB gun, and fired one round at the victim while he slept, striking him in the buttocks area.
Police said Patrick Stapleton, 22, of Ashland, Va., was charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
The gun was determined to be legally owned by the homeowner's son, who police believe was not involved in the shooting. The homeowner was not present during the incident. The victim remains at Prince George's Hospital Center, and the investigation is ongoing.