EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Evansville police are investigating a shooting on the city’s south side that happened Tuesday night.
It happened around 9 p.m. in the 100 block of Jefferson Ave.
Officers say they found the 15-year-old in the backyard with a gunshot wound to his head.
Police say an ambulance took him to the hospital, where he was rushed into surgery.
Family members of the victim were with him in the backyard when police arrived.
Detectives say the teen and his juvenile cousin, the suspect, were in the backyard handling a firearm when the suspect claims it just went off and struck the victim in the head.
“It was two juveniles, related; one was handing a gun to the other. In the course of that, one was shot in the head,” explained Sgt. Nick Winsett. “He survived the initial surgery he underwent. From there, we don’t know his status. The other juvenile that was involved has a few charges against him; he has two level 6 charges against him, and he’s being housed in a juvenile facility.”
The suspect faces charges of Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon (Level 6 Felony), Theft of a Firearm (Level 6 Felony), and Child in Possession of a Firearm (A Misdemeanor).
He is currently being held in a juvenile facility.