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Tacoma youth suffers facial injury in shooting

A teenage boy was shot in the face Friday when a handgun he and two friends were handling went off inside a South End home, Tacoma police reported.

The 15-year-old boy was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of serious injuries.

“He’s going to survive, but it’s going to be life-altering,” police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The shooting occurred about 12:15 a.m. in the 5600 block of South Park Avenue. Two teenage boys had gone to the home of a teenage friend and brought at least two guns with them, Fulghum said.

The boys were in the basement while other family members were upstairs.

The three boys – two age 14 and one age 15 – were handling at least one of the guns and might not have realized it was loaded, Fulghum said. The weapon went off, hitting the 15-year-old in the face.

The other two boys took off, but officers found them a short time later in the area, Fulghum said.

As part of their investigation, detectives will be checking on where the teens got the guns, which officers confiscated, Fulghum said.

Stacey Mulick, The News Tribune

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