A teenager unintentionally shot his 14-year-old friend in the stomach while holding his grandfather's revolver. The two boys, and another friend, had crawled into the grandfather's house through a window, knowing the grandfather was out of town, because they were curious about the gun.
While the boy was holding the revolver he tripped and unintentionally discharged the gun. The victim was airlifted to the hospital where he underwent surgery.
Tom Cooper, the grandfather and gun owner, told reporters that he had left the unlocked, loaded gun on top of his refrigerator. He said he owned the gun for protection and keeps it unlocked and within reach in case he needs it.
"I actually shot at a person or two," he said.
Cooper assumed his grandson was responsible because he had taken a hunting course a few months ago and had learned all about firearms.
"The gun was off limits but it wasn't locked up all the time," said Cooper.
The incident is under investigation.