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Army soldier responsible for accidental shooting at apartment complex, second accidental shooting there in three months

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ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) - A U.S. Army soldier home on leave now faces a charge of reckless endangerment after Elizabethton police say he accidentally fired a gun last Thursday, sending a bullet into the apartment below.

Elizabethton investigators said they charged 21 year-old Jordan Whitehead with reckless endangerment late this afternoon in connection to last week's accidental shooting at Lynnwood Apartments in Elizabethton.

That shooting marked the second time in three months that a person on the first floor of one of the buildings in the apartment complex had a bullet go through their ceiling.

Back in November, in the apartment next door, Ashli Baker said a bullet narrowly missed her sleeping toddler's bedroom. As a result of that accidental shooting above her apartment, police said they arrested a juvenile and charged him with reckless endangerment. Investigators said the child was playing with a rifle he stole when it went off.

"I realize that it was an accident, but if something had happened to (my daughter), there would have been no excuse," Baker said. "He could have shot anywhere else and it could have gone right into her bedroom instead of the living room. I'm just lucky it hit where it hit."

Police say both cases are now closed.

As for the future of the people who live in the two apartments where the bullets originated, Lynnwood Apartments Manager Teri Light told us whenever anyone breaks a lease agreement, evictions follow. She said guns are not allowed in the apartment complex. She also said before anyone moves in, they are always the subject of a thorough background check.

"Of course there are repercussions," Light said when we asked her about the first shooting. "Any kind of lease violation or any kind of community policy they don't follow, there is an eviction. Everyone follows the same rules and regulations."

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