A 16-year-old accidentally shot himself at an East Ridge home Thursday, causing non-life-threatening injuries, police said Friday.
The teenager was wounded somewhere in the "lower region" of his body, East Ridge Police Chief Clint Uselton said by phone Friday.
Officers were alerted after the 16-year-old arrived at Parkridge East Hospital with the shooting injury Thursday afternoon, police said.
The shooting was found to be accidental and self-inflicted, Uselton said, with no threat to the public. It's unclear what kind of firearm the teenager used, he said.
"We're still going to look into exactly how and where a 16-year-old came into possession of a handgun," Uselton said.
Because the incident involves a minor, police cannot release identifying information or other details about the shooting, Uselton said.
Last week, a 1-year-old child was shot in the leg in Chattanooga, after his grandmother accidentally fired a handgun while pulling it out of her purse, Chattanooga police said during a media briefing Thursday. The child's injuries were not life-threatening, and the grandmother has been ordered to complete a handgun safety course, Executive Chief Harry Sommers said.