Teen in critical condition after shot in head in Northeast Columbus

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A child is in the hospital in critical condition after police said he mishandled a gun.

Police are calling the shooting accidental and said the 14 year old shot himself in the head.

Police were on scene investigating for close to three hours outside a home on Jermain Drive.

“Whenever a child is injured especially in a violent way like this it’s a tragedy,” Lt. Elrico Alli said.

Multiple people were inside the house when police said the 14 year old boy was unsafely holding the firearm and accidentally shot himself in the head.

The boy was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

“It’s very important that we teach our children safety of firearms, about gun safety, about teaching our children that guns should only be handled by professionals or responsible adults,” Lt. Elrico Alli said.

NBC4 did some digging and found that the Columbus Police Department investigated 30 accidental shootings involving youth in 2017.

And that number decreased by more than 50-percent in 2018 where there were 14 accidental shootings involving youth.

“We don’t want accidents happening in the home or anywhere else and we don’t anymore children injured by senseless violence,” Lt. Elrico Alli said.

Police are still working to determine who the gun belonged to and where it came from.

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