A game being played by five teens Sunday evening in Denver, North Carolina, went horribly wrong when a shot gun went off, wounding a 15-year-old boy.
One of the teens involved called 911 about 5:45 p.m. Sunday to report the shooting, investigators with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. The shooting occurred in a mobile home park in the 7600 block of Campground Road in Denver.
Detectives say a group of about five teens were playing a game they described as trying to get through the door into the mobile home.
A 15-year-old boy was entering the mobile home when a 14-year-old boy fired a shot from a 12-gauge shotgun, investigators said. The blast from about three feet away grazed the teen’s chest, went through the wall of the mobile home and into an outbuilding. His wounds were not life threatening.
There were no adults at the residence when the incident occurred, officials said.
Lincoln County EMS took the victim to a hospital and he was later released to his parents. Three other teens witnessed the incident. The juvenile justice office has been notified about the incident.
Tammy Baker is the mother of one of the teens who witnessed the shooting, according to the Observer’s news partner WBTV.
“He saw everything. He was scared obviously,” she said. “He was shaking and freaking out but he did the right thing and at least called 911.”