Teen hit in party shootout

Teen hit in party shootout

February 6th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Chattanooga police say two teens shot it out at a party Saturday night and one was shot in the leg.

Police were called around 9 a.m. to T. C. Thompson Children's Hospital to question the 15-year-old boy, who had a gunshot wound in his left upper leg.

The boy at first told police he had received the wound in a drive-by shooting near 1404 E. 16th St., according to a police news release.

While investigating, police learned officers had been called to that address Saturday night on a report of shots fired at a a party. By the time officers arrived Saturday night, no one admitted to calling police and the officers didn't locate anything unusual.

Police spokeswoman Rebecca Royval said investigators today received information that the victim and another juvenile male pulled guns on one another at the party and began shooting.

Because the victim concealed being shot for more than 10 hours and was dishonest with police, Royval said the case is pending further investigation.

The victim has been treated and released from the hospital, Royval said.