13-year-old boy in critical condition after accidental shooting

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd Chattanooga Police Officers investigate a accidental shooting at 2516 East 21st Street on April 9, 2017. A 13-year old boy was reportedly wounded and transported to Erlanger Hospital.
photo Staff Photo by Robin Rudd Master Patrolman Ernest Craw discusses the details of an accidental shooting of a 13-year old boy at 2516 East 21st Street Sunday.

UPDATE: Chattanooga police say the victim in today's accidental shooting is in "critical, but stable" condition.

According to a release from the department, the 13-year-old boy was shot in the head. Another boy in the house, who was 16, called 911.

"Investigators found no evidence to indicate this was anything other than an accident," Spokeswoman Elisa Myzal wrote.


Chattanooga police say a 13-year-old boy is in the hospital this afternoon after he was accidentally shot.

Master Sgt. Ernest Craw said the shooting occurred at 2:21 p.m. in the 2600 block of E. 21st Street, off Dodds Avenue. Craw said the boy was shot near the right ear.

Paramedics rushed the boy to the hospital, but Craw was not sure what his condition was. He also said investigators were still determining whether someone fired at the boy or if he shot himself, or how he got his hands on the weapon. Family members were home at the time, Craw said.