Accidental Shooting Kills Teen

Accidental Shooting Kills Teen

by Erika Brooks on February 3, 2013

The Licking County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting death of a teen that occured in Newark late Saturday night.

According to the sheriff’s office, Cody Williams, 23 of Hebron told them he was handling a weapon when he accidentally shot 19-year-old James Ballman at around 9 p.m.

The shooting occurred in an apartment building near the Burning Tree Golf Course near Ridgely Tract Road.

Sheriff’s say Williams admitted to drinking prior to picking up the weapon.Other witnesses present at the time of the incident also say the shooting was accidental.

No charges have been filed at this time, but the case has been given to the Licking County Prosecutor’s Officer.