August 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM
SPD: Rainier Valley 14-year-old accidentally shot himself in leg
UPDATE 8:33 p.m. | Turns out, it was an accident, after all.
A Seattle police release Wednesday night said the victim, who was actually a 14-year old boy, had been passing a gun around on a Rainier Valley basketball court when it accidentally went off, shooting him in the leg. Previous reports had said a male suspect had shot him in the leg and driven off in a green SUV. The boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injury below his knee.
Police are still investigating the shooting, and as more details are released, we’ll add them to this post.
UPDATE: 3:25 p.m. | Seattle police say a shooting in the 7100 block of 38th Avenue South in Rainier Valley was not accidental.
Witnesses nearby who reported the incident had speculated that a 15-year-old had shot himself in the leg, but when officers arrived, the victim said he’d been shot at by an unidentified suspect.
Police are still investigating, and we’ll update this as more information becomes available.
Original Post | Seattle Police are investigating a shooting in the 7100 block of 38th Avenue South.
The victim is a 15-year-old boy, who apparently suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, police said.
Witnesses initially told police the shooting was accidental, but officers are now getting conflicting information, according to police tweets.
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