published Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Alabama teen shot in prank gone wrong

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. — A prank played by a group of teenage boys in northern Alabama has left a 15-year-old shot in the head.

Jesse Rainey was listed in critical condition Saturday at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May told Al.com (http://bit.ly/QxH9WZ ) that the shooting happened early Saturday morning at a rural home in Tuscumbia where eight teenagers had gone for the weekend. No adults were present.

May said a group went outside to play a prank. They flipped off an electrical breaker to turn out the lights. Rainey then hid in a closet as part of the prank.

When one boy opened that closet door, Rainey jumped out to scare him. The boy fired a gun, shooting Rainey in the head.

Authorities are investigating the case as an accidental shooting.

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