RUSKIN — A 15-year-old boy was shot and injured while he and a friend handled a gun that accidently went off Wednesday night, deputies said.
The teenager, whose name was not released, was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital but was alert when transported, deputies said. He was later described by authorities as stable.
About 5:20 p.m., Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies were called to 1403 Alhambra Crest Drive to investigate a shooting.
A Sheriff's Office spokesman said the friends, who are both 15, were outside the house with a small-caliber handgun when it went off, striking the victim in the side of the upper body.
Investigators had not yet determined who was holding the gun when it discharged, nor where the teens had gotten it.
The shooting was labeled an accident, the spokesman said.