Police: Teen Playing With Gun Shoots Friend In Head
Victim In Serious Condition At Swedish Hospital
Last Updated: 1108 days ago
A 13-year-old boy is in serious condition at Swedish Medical Center after being shot in the head by his friend, according to police and a hospital spokeswoman.Neighbors said the two were playing with a gun at the home of one boy's grandmother when the gun went off. The incident occurred last Friday night, May 7.Friends said the teens were playing a version of Russian Roulette, where the boys took turns shooting at each other.The 13-year-old was taken to Lincoln Community Hospital in Hugo and then airlifted to Swedish Medical Center, said Limon police Sgt. Russell Lengel. "The boy is doing quite well. He is still in the hospital, but doing quite well," said Lengel.The shooter, a 14-year-old boy, was taken into custody and is being held in juvenile detention at the Marvin W. Foote Center in Englewood on a $150,000 bond.The mother of the suspect said everyone involved is very shaken-up. "It's been very heartbreaking. I mean, there's so much concern for both the boys and it's very hard to deal with," said Janetta Jaques, mother of the 14-year-old in custody."They're very good friends. They're both very good boys and I just hope and pray that they can maintain their friendship and that the parents are okay," said Jaques.No names have been released because the victim and the shooter are minors.The home where the shooting occurred is owned by the victim's grandmother, but the victim does not live there.Lengel did not specify who the gun belonged to but said it was found at the home.Friends said the boy was shot in the chin and the bullet didn't appear to injure the boy's brain.The district attorney is looking into whether charges will be filed against the shooter. If so, the 14-year-old could face charges of attempted manslaughter, second-degree assault and possession of a handgun by a juvenile.Lengel said the parents of the 14-year-old would not face charges.It's not clear if the grandmother or the person who owns the gun will face any charges."We all have young kids in our homes and we all look at it and we're very, very thankful that no one was injured worse than what they were," said Lengel.