North Fort Myers teen shoots self with stolen gun

John Rinkenbaugh

North Fort Myers teen shoots self with stolen gun

CREATED Aug. 28, 2013

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - A North Fort Myers 16-year-old boy required a trip to the hospital after shooting himself in the hand with a stolen gun according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

The incident happened at Farmer Jack's convenience store where the teenager shot himself by accident while playing with the gun in a restroom.

Initially deputies interviewed the victim and his friend who claimed a black man had driven up to them in a red car and pointed a gun at them.  One of the boys claimed when he tried to slap the gun away, it went off hitting the victim in the hand.

When the two teenagers were separated, investigators began to get conflicting stories.  Finally it was determined that the victim had stolen the handgun from his grandmother.

A check of video surveillance from the Farmer Jack's confirmed the rest after one of the boys told detectives what had really happened.

The 16-year-old has been charged with one count of grand theft of a firearm.

It is Journal Broadcasting's policy not to name juvenile criminal suspects.

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