By Al Novack, Steve Beck
CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) – A young girl is in critical condition after being shot in the face by her father in Camden Thursday night, police said.
The shooting happened in the 1300 block of Thurman Street at about 9:30 p.m.
According to investigators, the victim’s father, 27-year-old Byaer Johnson, entered the home to apparently visit his 11-year-old daughter.
While inside the home, police say Johnson pulled out a handgun and placed it on the floor. At some point, Johnson was asked to leave, but police say he picked up the gun and shot his daughter in the face.
The 11-year-old was rushed to Cooper University Hospital where she is listed in critical but stable condition. However, authorities say the girl could suffer paralysis as a result of her injuries.
Investigators say Johnson then pointed the gun at another man in the home and pulled the trigger, but the weapon jammed. The other man, only identified as a 28-year-old Camden resident, wrestled with Johnson and was able to get the weapon away from him. The other male struck Johnson with the gun and then fired it at him, hitting Johnson in the buttocks.
Police found Johnson running toward the Ivy Hill apartment complex in Camden and took him into custody.
Johnson is being treated for his injury and is expected to be transferred to the Camden County Jail. He faces charges of Criminal Attempted Murder, Being a Certain Persons Not to Have a Weapon and other weapons offenses.
The 28-year-old is not expected to be charged.