UPDATE: 12-year-old shot in SW Atlanta apartment; neighbor arrested

A 12-year-old girl was shot in the leg Tuesday morning after a gun was fired from a neighboring apartment in southwest Atlanta, authorities said.

Officers responded to the 400 block of Ira Street in the Mechanicsville neighborhood about 11:45 a.m., Atlanta police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant said. The child, who was conscious at the scene, had been shot once by a bullet that passed through her right leg.

“Preliminary investigation indicates the child was struck by a round that appeared to have been discharged from an adjacent apartment unit,” Grant said in an emailed statement.

Police initially said the shooting victim was a boy, but later clarified that it was a girl.

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The man living next door, 31-year-old D’Andre Brawner, was detained at the scene while police searched his home, authorities said. He was later arrested on charges of reckless conduct, criminal damage to property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and a parole violation, online records show.

Brawner, who was also arrested on a gun charge and parole violation in March, remained held at the Fulton County Jail without bond Wednesday morning. It wasn’t immediately clear if he was shooting at someone or if his gun accidentally discharged, striking the child.

Brawner previously served two stints in prison for aggravated assault, gun possession and a burglary conviction in Newton County, among other offenses, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records. He was released from prison in August 2019 after spending more than five years behind bars.

The case remains under investigation.

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