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Teen Wounded in Possibly Self-Inflicted Accidental Shooting

Police are investigating a 15-year-old for firearms possession after he claimed to have been shot while walking his dog in North Seattle on Wednesday. Police are now working to determine whether the teen’s gunshot injury was accidentally self-inflicted.

SPD officers initially responded to a report of gunfire in the 11000 block of Lake City Way NE at 1:38 p.m. Witnesses reported seeing a male — with an apparent gunshot wound to the leg — leave the scene in a vehicle, driven by a second person.

Officers later located the injured male at an area hospital a short time later. Based on evidence found at the scene and statements gathered during the investigation, police are investigating whether the 15-year-old — who is ineligible to possess a handgun — may have accidentally shot himself.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact the SPD Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000.