CLEARWATER — The gun that went off at a Clearwater home Thursday, seriously injuring a 15-year-old boy, had been stolen from a vehicle, police said.
Ryan Greenlee of Clearwater was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Thursday afternoon when the handgun, a Smith & Wesson 9mm, discharged and the bullet struck him at a house on Browning Street, off Lakeview Road in Clearwater. He was transferred to All Children's Hospital Thursday night. His condition was listed as critical, but stable.
Greenlee and another juvenile were "playing around" with the weapon when it went off, said Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.
The gun was stolen during a vehicle burglary on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning, and was brought to the home at 1344 Browning St. by a juvenile, police said Friday.
The adults in the house at the time of the shooting "had no knowledge (of) or involvement with the weapon," Watts said in a statement.
Detectives continue to investigate how the gun came into the possession of the juveniles.
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