Chandler teen accused of shooting friend while recklessly handling gun

Nov 19, 2022, 6:30 AM

(Facebook Photo/Chandler Police Department, File)...

(Facebook Photo/Chandler Police Department, File)

(Facebook Photo/Chandler Police Department, File)

PHOENIX – A Chandler teenager was arrested recently for allegedly shooting a friend while they were playing with a gun, authorities said Friday.

The incident involving two 16-year-old boys occurred around 2 p.m. on Nov. 3 at a home near Hunt Highway and McQueen Road, the Chandler Police Department said in a press release. Nobody else was home at the time.

The suspect, who lives at the house, was allegedly recklessly handling the gun when it went off, police said.

The injured teen was hospitalized in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the torso but is expected to survive, police.

The alleged shooter was arrested Nov. 11 and booked into the Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Facility on the following six counts related to the shooting and the investigation:

  • Two felony counts of aggravated assault.
  • One felony count of unlawful discharge of a firearm.
  • One felony count of obstructing criminal investigations.
  • One felony count of endangerment.
  • One misdemeanor count of false reporting to law enforcement.

The names of those involved were not released because of their ages.

No other information was made available.

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Chandler teen accused of shooting friend while recklessly handling gun