A 17-year-old was shot on Greenwood Avenue late Tuesday by a man who apparently wanted drugs, Chattanooga police said.
The teen told police he was walking by 1200 Greenwood Ave. when a man called to him, police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary said in an email.
The teen at first thought he recognized the man, Weary said, but when he got closer, he realized the man was a stranger.
The man asked him for drugs and pulled a gun when the teen said he didn't have any drugs, Weary said.
The boy tried to swat the gun away, but the gun went off and shot his hand.
The teenager ran to a relative's house before being taken to Children's Hospital shortly after midnight Wednesday.
Weary said police don't have a description of the suspect and have made no arrests.