Police: Teen gang member charged in NC after accidentally shooting self


WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Wilmington police have charged a 15-year-old validated gang member after he accidentally shot himself Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

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According to officials, the incident happened around 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of 15th and Castle streets.

When emergency crews arrived at the scene, they found the juvenile suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper thigh area. The teen was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

After investigating, officers determined that the teen shot himself while sitting in a vehicle. He then called 911 and reported he was struck by a stray bullet.

The juvenile was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, possession of a handgun by a minor, and filing a false police report.

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