Accidental shooting leads to drug arrest

What started out as a meeting to buy a gun led to an accidental shooting and a drug arrest last week.

Two couples met in the parking lot of China Wok in Oneonta on Feb. 16, looking to make a deal on the purchase of a handgun.

Unfortunately, the gun discharged and the bullet went through the front seat, causing serious but not life-threatening injuries to a female passenger.

After the shooting, the woman was driven to the Oneonta Fire Station where she was treated by paramedics. She later underwent surgery at a Birmingham hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigators at the scene charged Eric Marlin Blackwood, 29, with possession of a marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia and having a pistol without a permit.

He was booked into the Blount County Correctional Facility and was later released after posting bond.