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Police: Teen injured after accidentally shooting himself in the head

15-year-old taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries

Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, officers received a call regarding a person shot at Westgate Apartments on La Ventura Drive East.
Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, officers received a call regarding a person shot at Westgate Apartments on La Ventura Drive East. (WJXT)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A teenage boy was taken to a hospital with a life-threatening gunshot wound to his head after Jacksonville police said they believe he may have accidentally shot himself on Sunday.

Just before 1 a.m., according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, officers received a call regarding a person shot at Westgate Apartments on La Ventura Drive East.

Within minutes, officers arrived and found a 15-year-old boy with a life-threatening gunshot wound to his head.

JFRD transported a 15-year-old to the hospital after he accidentally shot himself in the head, according to JSO.
JFRD transported a 15-year-old to the hospital after he accidentally shot himself in the head, according to JSO. (WJXT)

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department provided emergency medical care and transported him to an area hospital.

Detectives said another child was present in the bedroom and witnessed the shooting. Investigators said there were other people inside the apartment at the time, but they did not witness the incident.

According to JSO, the teen was handling a firearm when it discharged and struck him in the head. Police said the teen was critically wounded.

Investigators said the shooting appears to have been an accident. The investigation is ongoing.