Police: Sevierville teen accidentally shot in neck with AR-15

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A 15-year-old Sevierville boy was sent to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after what police believe was an accidental shooting.

The Sevierville Police Department says they were called to a home on Nichols Street just after 3 p.m. When they arrived, they found the victim lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the neck while a man applied pressure to the wound. Police say the man told them he was playing with his AR-15 and, thinking it was safe, pulled the trigger, striking the teenager.

According to statements from two other men in the house, they heard a loud bang, went upstairs and saw the victim, at which point they called 911.

The teenager was flown to UT Medical Center where he remains. Officers say he was alert when leaving the scene.

Sevierville police are continuing to investigate the incident. No charges have been filed at this time.

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