Police: Boy, 14, accidentally shot by friend playing with gun

SEATTLE - A 14-year-old boy told police his friend was playing with a gun before accidentally shooting him in the leg Friday night in a Georgetown neighborhood.

Around 10:40 p.m., officers were called to the 6900 block of Carleton Avenue South for a report of shots fired. Detective Mark Jamieson of the Seattle police says someone heard a gunshot and then saw several men running from a nearby parking lot. A short time later, a red truck was seen speeding from the area.

An officer spotted the red truck pulling into Harborview Medical Center. Inside was the 14-year old boy with a gunshot wound to his right shin.

Detectives talked with the boy and the boy's father inside the emergency room. The boy told the officer he and his friend were hanging out in a car behind a house and his friend had a semi-automatic handgun. The boy said his friend kept playing with the gun when it accidentally went off and the bullet hit the victim in the leg.

The victim ran from the car to the front of the house yelling for help. His dad then drove him to the hospital in his truck.

According to police, the victim's friend had already taken off from the scene before officers arrived.

Detectives found a car behind the house with a shell casing inside. The care was impounded as evidence. Officers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

The boy's injury is not considered life-threatening.