East Ridge 16-year-old accidentally shot self, injuries not life-threatening

Staff photo / An East Ridge police cruiser is seen in 2016.
Staff photo / An East Ridge police cruiser is seen in 2016.

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.

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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.

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"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.

Contact Ellen Gerst at egerst@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6319.

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