Published DateLACONIA — A local woman was accidentally shot in the abdomen Sunday night at 9:54 p.m. by an unidentified Franklin man who was visiting her home.
Capt. Bill Clary said Tiela L. Otto, 23, of 14-A Summer St. is expected to survive her injuries.
"From what I understand, she is incredibly fortunate," said Clary who said reports indicate the bullet went through her abdomen but didn't hit any vital organs. He said the single round was from .40-caliber handgun and police have recovered both the round and the gun.
He said the gun was legitimately owned.
Neighbors from across the street said yesterday morning that they heard a single gunshot just before 10 p.m. One man said he initially thought it was fireworks but within minutes saw police come to the house. A woman who also lives across the street said she also heard it and knew it was a gunshot.
"It was loud," she said.
Clary said someone in the home called 9-1-1 but Otto was taken by private vehicle to nearby Lakes Region General Hospital, where she underwent surgery. As of 1 p.m. yesterday, Clary said Otto was still in the hospital.
He said no one was in the apartment when police arrived as the two other people in the home, including the man who shot Otto, took her to the hospital.
Clary said the preliminary investigation indicates the shooting was not intentional but there was some "some negligent act." He said there doesn't appear to have been any alcohol involved.
Laconia on-line assessments lists the home as being owned by Tanam Associates, LLC of Gilford.