A 13-year-old Hamblen County boy was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center early this morning after he accidentally shot himself in the hip and wounded another with a 9mm hand at a residence on White Oak Church Road, according to law enforcement officials.
The boy improved significantly and was transferred from UT Medical Center, according to Detective Sgt. Jim Brooks with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department, who says the Department of Children’s was notified of the shooting.
No charges had been filed by this morning, but Brooks says the investigation isn’t complete.
The 9mm handgun belongs to the teen’s 21-year-old brother.
Their mother is in jail and the whereabouts of their father is unknown, according to the detective.
The 21-year-old told Deputy William Bates that he, his two juvenile brothers – including the alleged shooter – and his 20-year-old girlfriend, were in a bedroom together playing a game around midnight when he left the room for a short period of time.
Moments later, the elder brother heard a single gunshot. The bullet actually struck the woman’s foot before hitting the 13-year-old in the hip, according to Brooks.
“Everyone stated that (the) juvenile got his brother’s gun from the closet and started playing with it,” Bates’ offense report states. “They were playing on their phones when a loud boom went off and they noticed the juvenile and (the woman were) shot.”
The injured woman was treated at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System.