A 15-year-old East Baltimore girl was in guarded condition today at Johns Hopkins Hospital where she was being treated for a gunshot wound to her right eye, police said.
Police said the victim, Jazz King, of the 1500 block of E. Hoffman St., was shot about 6 p.m. yesterday while playing a card game with other teen-agers in her home.
Several hours after the shooting, it was not known if the girl would lose the vision in her right eye, police said.
A 15-year-old boy has been charged as a juvenile with assault, possession of a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm within city limits in connection with the shooting, police said.
It was not known if the boy was released to the custody of his parents or held at a juvenile facility.
Police were seeking to determine how the youth came into possession of a handgun.
Police said the girl was playing a card game in a first-floor room when a 15-year-old boy known to her and her friends began playing with a handgun. As the youth toyed with the gun, it went off, striking the girl in her right eye, police said.
Shortly after police arrived at the house and the girl was taken to the hospital by ambulance, the boy was arrested at the scene, police said.
Police said the handgun was recovered.
At the time of the shooting, police said, there were several other teen-agers and at least one adult in the house.