Police: 15-year-old fatally shot in Harrison, 16-year-old charged
HARRISON, Ohio (FOX19) - A 15-year-old male is dead following a shooting in a Harrison home Wednesday night, and now a 16-year-old is charged with reckless homicide, police said.
Officers initially responded to a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the 10000 block of Winding Way Drive near Westbrook Drive about 7:50 p.m., Hamilton County dispatchers said.
“My friend just got shot," a teen said when he called 911. “He’s shot in the head.”
The dispatcher asked if he knew who shot him.
“No. So, there was a gun in the house and we were showing him and he grabbed it and it just shot him," the teen responded.
“Was he holding the gun? Who was holding the gun?” she asked.
“He wanted to see it. He grabbed it himself and it shot," the teen responded.
Police said in a news release Thursday they found the 15-year-old dead from a single gunshot.
The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office was called to the scene shortly after.
The 15-year-old’s name was not released.
An investigation determined there were three other juveniles in the home with the 15-year-old and no adults, police said.
The juveniles found a loaded firearm in the house, and the weapon was mishandled, with one round striking the victim, they said.
The police report says, “Defendant did recklessly cause the death of another. Defendant pointed a loaded gun at another juvenile. Defendant pulled the trigger, shooting the victim in the head. Defendant stated he didn’t think the gun was loaded per officer statement.”
The 16-year-old who was arrested was taken to the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center.
A juvenile magistrate released the teen to the custody of a parent with home monitoring Thursday morning.
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