Lebanon shooting victim released from medical facility

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) – The teenage victim of a shooting Tuesday in Lebanon is headed home, according to police.

The 15-year-old was released from a medical facility a day after he was shot in the thigh.

James Coward was handling the gun that fired Tuesday morning while the victim and several other people were in a room in the 300 block of East Weidman Street. The gun discharged while Coward was holding it and the teen was shot in the left upper thigh, Lebanon police said.

Coward was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and receiving stolen property.

Pedro Rodriguez, 20, was present at the time of the incident. Police learned he was wanted on a bench warrant.

Rodriguez was booked and taken to Lebanon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Investigators searched the home and found a stolen handgun and a small amount of controlled substances.

The investigation is ongoing.

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