CLEARWATER — A 15-year-old Clearwater boy was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Thursday after he was shot while playing with a handgun, police said.
Ryan Greenlee and another child were "playing around" with a Smith & Wesson 9-millimeter handgun they did not know was loaded, said Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.
Police have not said who owns the gun or who had it when it discharged. Detectives continue to investigate. They have not yet determined whether the shooting was accidental, but it appears to have been, police said.
Authorities responded about 12:45 p.m. to the home at 1344 Browning St., off Lakeview Road, east of Missouri Avenue in Clearwater.
Greenlee was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center.
He was later transferred to All Children's Hospital in critical but stable condition.
Neighbor Mike Kafer said he spoke to a resident of the house as police arrived. The resident said Greenlee was a friend who was visiting the home, Kafer said. Police confirmed that Greenlee does not live at the house.
County property records show the home's owner is David Crandall.
Neaka Boyd, another neighbor, said she has often observed the residents of the house in arguments with each other outside.
"They're sure troubled people over there," Boyd said.
Staff writer Michael Finch II and news researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report.