A Granby woman was in critical condition Saturday afternoon and a Joplin man is in jail after an apparent accidental shooting early Saturday morning at a home on the eastern edge of Jasper County.
Jasper County Sheriff's Capt. Derek Walrod said Kelly Crawford, 24, Granby, was in critical condition at an unknown hospital after the shooting that happened at between midnight and 1 a.m. Saturday.
Walrod said he wasn't sure if the woman had been taken to a Joplin hospital or been airlifted to a hospital in Springfield.
Walrod said Windell Douglas “Doug” Daniels, 31, Joplin, was arrested at the home on County Road 10 about two miles north of Missouri Highway 96, on suspicion of second degree assault and armed criminal action.
Walrod said investigators believe Daniels mishandled a handgun, causing the gun to accidentally go off, striking Crawford in the back of the head.
Walrod said the two were with a group of friends at the home and had been shooting at targets before the incident.
“We believe he recklessly caused her injury and that's why we're seeking criminal charges,” Walrod said. “We're awaiting word on her condition.”
He said officers are still investigating and the charges against Daniels could change depending on the investigation or on the condition of the victim.
Daniels was being held in the Jasper County Detention Center in Carthage as of Saturday afternoon.