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Teen shot by handgun that boys found in canal

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Eric Grossarth | EastIdahoNews.com

UPDATE:

AMMON — Investigators determined two teenage boys were playing with a handgun found in a canal when one was shot and rushed to the hospital.

Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bryan Lovell says a 14- and 16-year-old boys brought the gun to a nearby apartment. The 16-year-old was manipulating the gun and it fired a single round, hitting the 14-year-old.

“Both boys advised they had found the gun in a nearby canal and took it home without their parent’s knowledge,” Lovell says. “The boys also had not had any experience in the handling of a firearm.”

The Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone to handle firearms safely and respect their capabilities. They remind people to assume a firearm is always loaded. They also recommend parents speak with their kids about gun safety.

“If a child finds a handgun the best practice is to leave it alone and immediately call Law Enforcement to come and safely take possession of it,” Lovell says.

ORIGINAL STORY:

AMMON — A teenager was taken to the hospital early Wednesday morning after being shot in an alley.

Bonneville County Sheriff deputies were called to a neighborhood behind Regal Edwards Grand Teton Cinemas around 3:40 a.m. They found the boy in an alley near Foxboro Plaza Condominiums on the 2500 block of Eagle Drive.

The teen had non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical.

Bonneville County Sheriff detectives with the help of the Idaho Falls Police Department recovered the firearm and are talking with witnesses, according to a news release. Deputies say there is no danger to the public and the investigation is ongoing.

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