A 13-year-old boy died yesterday following a shooting incident in a Midwest City home, police said.
After receiving vague 911 calls about a possible shooting, Midwest City police officers found a young male dead inside a home from an apparent gunshot wound. Around 1:30 p.m., emergency operations center sent police, fire and medical personnel to the 4200 block of N. Shadybrook Drive based on limited information from two cell phone calls, in which one caller said someone had been shot.
When officers arrived, they found three teenagers inside the home—one of them, a 13 year old, was dead in the garage. The victim had been shot once through the chest with a rifle.
Originally, the two surviving juveniles who were present at the time of the shooting, ages 14 and 16, told investigators the victim died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Later, in separate interviews, both admitted they were all three in the garage of the home when the 14 year old was handling the rifle. The weapon unintentionally discharged and struck the victim in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Sometimes when you have a combination of teenagers and weapons, it can be a mixture for disaster,” Chief Brandon Clabes said. “In this instance, it became a tragedy, not only for the victim and his family, but everyone else involved."
The rifle allegedly used in the shooting was reported stolen from a Midwest City home in 2011. Information from the case will be presented to the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office for review and consideration of any possible charges.