While on Christmas break, a Mt. Juliet teen was shot in the neck while he and two friends played with a gun.
According to Wilson County Sheriff's Office Lt. Scott Moore, a 16-year-old male was shot in the neck around 1 p.m. Tuesday in the 510 block of Davis Corner Road, just outside the Mt. Juliet city limits in Wilson County.
"We got a dispatch about a possible shooting," Moore said. "Upon arrival, deputies found a 16-year-old juvenile shot in the neck."
Moore said deputies discovered the victim and two other teen boys just outside the residence.
Deputies immediately called emergency personnel and then got "conflicting stories" from the teens.
"They at first said a small black car drove by, and someone in the car shot the victim," Moore said. "However, upon further investigation it was learned the teens were inside the residence playing around with the weapon, and it discharged."
The victim was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, and Moore believed he has since been released.
Moore said authorities recovered the weapon, and detectives are investigating to find out from where the gun originated.
Moore said authorities have "not ruled out charges" associated with the incident, such as reckless use of a weapon and making a false report.
Moore indicated this is a cautionary tale for idle teens out on break with time on their hands.
"The main thing is adults need to make sure their guns are locked up and secure," he said. "With kids just hanging out things can go from a joking matter to a very serious one. It was very fortunate someone wasn't killed in this incident."
Moore also warned juveniles to never pick up a weapon.
"In a second their lives could end," he said.
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