BETHANY, Okla. - Bethany police were called Sunday around 7:30 p.m. to a home in the 2000 block of N. Wilburn Avenue to find a 15-year-old with a single gunshot wound to his chest.
The teen was rushed to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.
The only other person inside the home, a 16-year-old, was interviewed and ended up being arrested on charges of manslaughter and reckless conduct with a firearm.
“I was hopeful that he was going to make it because I saw him, you know, go out,” said next door neighbor Ashley Bowen.
Bowen watched the 15-year-old get whisked away in the ambulance Sunday and also saw the other teenager, who she said was distraught.
“If it’s the kid that was outside with him, and he was so upset. I mean, I just assumed he was upset because it was his friend, obviously, but, if he was the one that accidentally did it, then, oh man, that’s hard,” Bowen said.
Police said they do not believe the shooting was intentional.
“We’re continuing to look in that. Right now, the charge is manslaughter and reckless conduct, so it was not planned by any means,” said Bethany Deputy Police Chief John Reid.
Police said the 15 and 16-year-old were alone at the home at the time of the shooting. Neither one actually lives there.
Police said the teens are not from the metro area and were just visiting, watching the house while the owner was away.
They said this highlights the importance of keeping guns locked up, because they can be deadly.
“No adult ever thinks of that, unfortunately, and that’s when it comes back to haunt us and these types of tragedies occur,” Reid said.
“That’s rough. Shouldn’t be having, 16-year-olds shouldn’t have access to a gun - period. It should’ve been locked up,” said Curtis Mullenax, who lives across the street.
“That is so sad. I couldn’t imagine what those families are going through,” Bowen said.
Police are continuing to investigate to determine the owner of the gun.
They’ll be looking to see if anyone else will be facing charges in connection with the shooting.
Police have not released the names of either of the teens.