Police were trying to piece together circumstances of a suspected accidental shooting that sent a 12-year-old boy to hospital with a gunshot wound to his lower leg Wednesday.
Police were looking for the boy’s 16-year-old brother or brother-in-law, who is believed to have fired the weapon, Albuquerque Police spokesman Simon Drobik said.
“It’s looking like it was accidental,” Drobik said outside the scene of the shooting at 737 97th SW, just south of 98th and west Central.
Police were waiting for a search warrant to go into the house, which Drobik said was the injured boy’s grandmother’s house.
Police were trying to find the older boy through family members. Drobik said he may “have freaked out” and left because he was afraid.
The younger boy was driven at about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday by an aunt to a city fire station 7 on 57th and Central, and from there taken to University Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition, Drobik said.
“We’re waiting for a warrant so we can go into the house and retrieve any evidence that might be inside,” Drobik said, adding that officers hope to find the gun used in the shooting.
“We believe it was some kind of a gun, and not a bb gun type,” he said.
Drobik described the wound to the younger boy “as a substantial wound to the leg.”
The grandmother was at the home when police arrived, but Drobik said its unclear whether she was at home at the time of the incident. It appeared there were several people living in the house, he said.
Drobik said if its confirmed that it was an accidental shooting, it serves as a warning to gun owners to “secure any weapons.”
“We always advise have your guns safe, secured and padlocked, “ he said. “It’s very unfortunate when children get hurt when they find a gun.”
A 13-year-old boy was brought into an Albuquerque fire station on Wednesday with a gunshot wound to the leg, and police said he might have shot himself accidentally while playing with a gun.
But detectives will soon make that determination. In the meantime, they’re sealing the boy’s home and executing a search warrant to rule out any other scenario. The teenager did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
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