A 14-year-old boy from Shannon, Alabama was at his friend's house when his friend brought out an AR-15 assault rifle. The gun belonged to the friend's deceased grandparents and his sister had brought it home while cleaning out the grandparents' house. The friend removed the gun's magazine and the two boys were looking at the gun when the friend accidentally dropped it. Both boys tried to catch the falling gun and in the process unintentionally discharged the weapon. The 14-year-old boy was shot in the neck. He was taken to a hospital in Birmingham and is expected to survive his injury.
Police consider the shooing accidental and no charges will be filed. Alabama has no law concerning the minimum age to possess an assault rifle.