Man faces murder charge for accidental shooting

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man who shot a 15-year-old to death accidentally has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Ben Shipp, 18, is being held on $100,000 cash bail after the death of Barry Wold, his girlfriend's brother and a student at Romig Middle School.

Shipp told police he was playing with what he thought was an unloaded handgun about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday when the weapon went off, according to police. The bullet hit Wold in the head. He died early Thursday.

Shipp was taken into custody after the shooting on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court for discharging a firearm. That misdemeanor charge stemmed from an incident last July when Shipp fired a handgun in East Anchorage, according to police.

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