A Whitley County teenager is in critical condition after his 15-year-old friend accidentally shot him Wednesday, Kentucky State Police say.
The teenagers have not been identified.
The two boys had been staying Tuesday and Wednesday in a camper behind the 14-year-old victim's house at 400 Concord Church Road in the community of Canadatown. The teenagers were "playing with a loaded gun," that appears to have belonged to the victim's father when the 15-year-old shot the 14-year-old once in the lower abdomen, Lt. Chuck Davis, a detective with the Whitley County Sheriff's Office, said. The gun, a .357 Magnum, had two live rounds and one spent round in the cylinder when officers recovered it Wednesday.
The 15-year-old ran out of the camper and found the victim's father, James Roberts Sr., who was on the property, Davis said.
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Emergency crews flew the victim by helicopter to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Authorities are investigating, but no charges have been filed, Davis said.