BARROW COUNTY, Ga. -- A Winder man faces several charges for shooting his girlfriend's 9-year-old daughter as he tried to dismantle his gun.
Tyler Lewis, 25, was taken into custody Wednesday and is being held in the Barrow County Detention Center.
The shooting happened Monday at a house on Highway 82. Investigators said Lewis shares the home with his girlfriend and her three children.
Barrow County Sheriff's Capt. Matt Guthas said Lewis was trying to determine how quickly he could take apart and reassemble his loaded 9mm handgun. He asked his girlfriend's children to time him. At one point, Lewis pulled the gun's trigger. A bullet hit the 9-year-old girl, who was sitting next to him.
The victim, whose name was not released, was rushed to an Atlanta-area hospital. She has undergone several surgeries and remains in critical condition.
Lewis was charged with four counts of reckless conduct, three counts of second-degree cruelty to children, and one count each of firearm possession during the commission of a crime and marijuana possession with intent to distribute. Guthas said police found the marijuana while executing a search warrant at the house.