Koshkonong teenager charged with assault after shooting in church parking lot
WEST PLAINS -- A Koshkonong teen-ager has been charged with assault after allegedly shooting another Koshkonong teen-ager in the chest June 20.
David Cottengim, 19, remains in the Howell County Jail with bond set at $50,000.
Cottengim allegedly shot Stephen Patrick Davis, 16, in the chest with a Ruger .22-caliber revolver. The incident took place in the parking lot of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 2400 McFarland Drive in West Plains at 4:55 p.m.
According to arrest affidavit Cottengim said he had shown some guns to some missionaries and that Davis came up and grabbed a revolver to look at it. Cottengim told West Plains Police Detective Roger Hays he took the gun away from Davis, loaded a single round into it, spun the cylinder, pulled the hammer back halfway, putting the gun on safety.
Hays said Cottingham had three guns, all legal with him at the time of the shooting. he said he was at the church to drop Davis off to go on a mission trip. The officer said he was not sure how many missionaries were at the church or shere they were going on their trip.
Cottingham told officers he then pointed the gun in the direction of Davis and asked him if he thought the gun was loaded. He said he thought the boy said no, so he pulled the trigger, thinking the safety was on, but the gun fired hitting Davis in the upper abdomen. Hays said he did not know if the bullet was removed or if it was close to any vitals organs.
Cottengim said he got Davis into a car and drove him to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains where he underwent surgery for the bullet wound.