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Teenage boy shot in abdomen at home

Two Central Kitsap 14-year-olds were home alone on Thursday when one shot the other in the abdomen in what Sheriff’s detectives believe was an accident.

“We believe, at this point in the process, that the shooting appears to have been accidental,” said Detective Sgt. Eric Bockelie. “The investigation continues, however, and a final determination concerning the circumstances surrounding the shooting is still to be made.”

The victim was airlifted to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma and was reported to be in critical condition as of late Thursday night.

The victim was at his friend’s house — located in Silverdale’s Woodcrest neighborhood — at the time of the shooting. The 911 call came in at about 3:20 p.m. and it was initially reported that the two teens were in the woods near the home. Deputies arrived within six minutes and discovered the shooting had actually occurred in a second-floor bedroom, according to the Sheriff’s office.

The single bullet from the 9-mm semiautomatic pistol reportedly passed through the victim and out his back. In the continuing investigation, detectives are looking into how the teens got ahold of the gun.

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