Man cleaning rifle shoots teenage neighbor

A man cleaning his rifle shot a teenage neighbor when the bullet discharged and went through a wall at this apartment in the 1200 block of SE 130th Avenue in Portland, May 29, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
A man cleaning his rifle shot a teenage neighbor when the bullet discharged and went through a wall at this apartment in the 1200 block of SE 130th Avenue in Portland, May 29, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 17-year-old girl was wounded when her neighbor shot her while cleaning his rifle.

Christopher Morris, 52, called police around 7:30 p.m. after the bullet discharged and went through a wall in his unit in the 1200 block of SE 130th Avenue in Portland.

The teen was rushed to a Portland area hospital. Her leg wound is not life-threatening.

The man was taken into custody. The lever-action rifle is being held as evidence.

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