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Man arrested in Winder shooting
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Forsyth County News

Barrow Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Tyler Lewis, 25, of Winder on Wednesday evening in connection with a shooting that left a 9-year-old girl in critical condition.  

On Monday, Tyler Lewis was at his residence on Hwy. 82 along with his girlfriend and her three children.  All parties live at the residence.  Lewis was playing with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol in front of the three children.  Investigators learned that Lewis was “racing” as he dismantled the firearm and then reassembled it.  He even asked the children to “time” him out loud to see how fast he was.  

Lewis did this several times before eventually pulling the trigger on a loaded handgun while the 9 year old victim sat next to him. 

Lewis is currently being held at the Barrow County Detention Center.  He is facing charges of Reckless Conduct (4 counts), Cruelty to Children 2nd Degree (3 counts), Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime, and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute.  The marijuana charge stems from evidence uncovered at the scene during the search warrant. 

The victim has undergone several surgeries and remains in critical condition at an Atlanta-Area hospital.