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Details emerge in weekend shooting of Carter County teen

March 3rd, 2014 9:54 pm by John Thompson

Details emerge in weekend shooting of Carter County teen

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department has released more information about Saturday’s incident in which a 13-year-old boy was shot in the neck.

The boy was accidentally shot by his 14-year-old brother while they were home alone at 11:15 a.m. The mother had left them for a short time to run an errand. She was on her way back home at 11:36 a.m. when she received a phone call from her 14-year-old son, who told her he had accidentally shot his younger brother. Immediately after he called his mother, he called 911.

The first officer on the scene was Deputy Sarah McWhirter, who arrived at 11:55. She talked with the older boy, who McWhirter reported saying:

n The two brothers were playing Xbox when their mother left. They were in a bedroom across the hall from their grandfather’s room. The older boy went into his grandfather’s room while his mother was running her errand. He went to the closet and removed a Jennings J-22 pistol from its box and took it to his brother. He told his brother “look at this!”

n The boy then gave the gun to his younger brother and went outside. When he came back, his younger brother was playing with the gun, looking at the chamber and playing with the slide. He said the clip had been loaded into the pistol at one point and then removed.

n When the older brother saw his brother playing with the gun, he grabbed it from him. The younger brother bumped into his older brother. At that point, the older brother fired the gun. The bullet struck his brother in the neck and exited through his shoulder.

The boys’ mother told McWhirter that when she arrived home, the boys were in the room. The older brother had a cloth on his younger brother’s wound. The older brother had also placed the pistol back where he had found it. 

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