NORTH QUINCY (CBS) – A woman was hit in the hand by a gunshot that came through the ceiling at an apartment in North Quincy on Saturday morning.

Tiffany Flaherty was shot while she was visiting friends at the apartment. The bullet came through the ceiling from the second floor above.

“We were getting ready to leave and something burst through the ceiling and then hit me,” said Flaherty. “It was awful. It was bleeding everywhere.”

The gun was fired by 26-year-old Joshua Perry, who lives upstairs. The weapon belongs to his roommate Christopher King, who is an armored car security guard.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports.

At first, Flaherty didn’t even realize she had been shot.

“The last thing on my mind was a gunshot,” said Flaherty, who added that she first found out there was a bullet in her hand when she received x-rays.

Court papers show that Perry and King had been drinking earlier that night and went to a Red Sox game. Perry told police he thought the gun was not loaded and that this was an accident.

“I don’t know why he would play with a gun knowing that he was on the top floor, knowing that there were other people underneath him,” said Flaherty. “I heard he thought it wasn’t loaded, but there are people underneath you.”

Perry was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, among other charges, and released on $1,500 cash bail. He was told to stay away from Flaherty. King, the gun owner, will likely face a charge and has reportedly lost his license to carry the gun.

Flaherty added that she has an appointment at the hospital later this week and will likely need surgery on her injured hand.


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