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National City Police: Teen wounded by friend in accidental shooting

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Posted at 5:03 PM, Jul 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-09 20:03:08-04

NATIONAL CITY (CNS) - A 16-year-old playing with a pistol at his South Bay home Friday accidentally shot a teenage friend, leaving him with an apparently non-life-threatening bullet wound.

The shooting in the 500 block of T Avenue in National City happened shortly after 9:30 a.m., according to police.

Patrol officers arrived to find the 15-year-old victim suffering from a gunshot injury to his abdomen, NCPD Sgt. Vincent Fernando said.

Paramedics took the wounded boy, who was conscious and alert, to a trauma center, where he was hospitalized in stable condition. He was expected to survive.

The older teen, who reported the shooting, was "very distraught, very remorseful," Fernando said.

It was not immediately clear who owns the gun and whether the accident might result in any criminal charges, according to Fernando.

No adults were at the residence just east of Interstate 805 at the time of the shooting, the sergeant said.

This is the second accidental shooting in the South Bay in the last week, after a 12-year-old accidentally shot and killed himself after a friend brought a handgun over during a sleepover, according to Chula Vista Police.