Juvenile Negligently Discharges a Pistol into His Own Leg

A 14-year-old male is in the hospital tonight after negligently shooting himself in the leg.  At approximately 2:05 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call that initially came out as an accidental shooting in the 7100 block of 38th Avenue South.  When officers arrived they were lead to believe that a 14-year-old male had been shot in the left leg below the knee by a male suspect in a green SUV that fled the scene.

The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Gang Unit detectives responded to the hospital and interviewed the victim.  Upon further investigation it was revealed that the “shooting” was in fact self-inflicted and that the victim had been passing a handgun around on the basketball court when he negligently discharged the weapon, striking himself in the leg.

Nobody else was injured in the incident.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.