Quiet surrender for teen suspect in Fayette County

Youth charged with shooting a 6-year-old boy



A Fayette County teenager cried silently Tuesday afternoon as he surrendered on charges that he shot a young boy in Redstone last week.

Without saying a word, Deago Eddings, 16, walked with his mother, Missy Grooms, and his attorney, Blaine Jones, into the state police barracks in Moon, where he waited until troopers transported him back to Fayette County for arraignment on adult charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and a firearms violation.

State police wrote in a criminal complaint that they were called to the Hunters Ridge apartment complex shortly before 4 p.m. on July 3 for a report that a 6-year-old boy had been shot in the chest.

Uniontown teen accused of shooting a child surrenders

Deago Eddings, 16, of Uniontown, turned himself in to state police in Moon on Tuesday after allegedly shooting a 6-year-old boy in the chest last week. (Video by Brian Batko; 7/10/2012)

Troopers interviewed three children, who told them that they were wrestling outside an apartment building when one of the boys told Deago, "You don't even have a gun."

The boys told police Deago pulled out a silver or gray gun, said, "This is what I have" and pointed the weapon at one of the boys. They said he fired once, striking the boy in the chest, according to a criminal complaint.

The wounded boy remained in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., on Tuesday, said Trooper Robin Mungo, a spokeswoman for the state police in Moon.

Mr. Jones declined to comment on the charges or on the boys' accounts of events, saying he had not yet had a chance to review the evidence.

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He also declined to say where Deago had been staying since the shooting, only that he had been in "constant" communication with his client and never thought that he was on the run. One day before Deago surrendered, Fayette County Crime Stoppers offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to his apprehension. Trooper Mungo said she was glad Deago had surrendered but wished it had happened sooner.

Deago remained silent, crying with his head hanging down while Mr. Jones described how difficult the day would be for him.

"I mean he's 16 years old," Mr. Jones said. "He's a good-looking young man, and he's every bit of 16 years old. He's leaving the care of his mother. This is difficult, but he's doing the right thing."

Moments after Mr. Jones' remarks, Deago, dressed in dark athletic shorts and a black T-shirt with a skull, walked arm-in-arm with his mother into the barracks.

"I love you Deago," she said, as she handed her boy over to the troopers.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438. First Published July 11, 2012 4:00 AM


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