16-year-old arrested after allegedly shooting 17-year-old friend

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Authorities say a teenager has been arrested following the shooting of a friend.

On Sunday evening, Oklahoma City police were called to a home in the 2500 block of N.W. 41st St. after dispatchers learned about gunshots being heard in the area.

When officers arrived, they found a 17-year-old lying in the road, suffering from a reported gunshot wound.

His friends initially told investigators that someone drove by and shot at them from their vehicle.

"Everybody at the scene was lying to the officers, saying that it was a drive-by shooting.  But their stories were not consistent, they did not add up,” said MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The teens told officers a black vehicle drove by and fired a single shot while they were sitting on the front porch.

But when officers searched the house, they “observed a live round on the floor in plain view in a bedroom of the house.”

According to the police report, the witness finally confessed to police that it was not a drive-by.

He said the 16-year-old was “playing with a gun” and he “heard a “pop” and “looked and saw the victim had been shot.”

  "They were able to determine that there were some teenagers there at the residence that were playing with the gun.  They had the gun out messing with it, it was loaded, apparently did not realize it was loaded,” said MSgt. Knight.

"I didn't hear any gunshots.  I just noticed the young man was laying over there behind you on the ground, and I didn't really know what was going on,” said Ty White, a neighbor.

The next door neighbors say while they didn’t hear a gunshot, they did hear the commotion.

"We kept hearing screaming and yelling out here,” said Khayman Clark.  "Then we started hearing cussing and it started getting louder."

They say it’s frightening knowing the bullet could have traveled next door.

"It's pretty scary.  It's scary, you know, knowing that I have a 10-year-old son, pretty close to home, right next door,” said White.

Police say the district attorney will ultimately decide if the shooting was an innocent accident or not, and whether anyone else could face charges.

  "They want to determine exactly what happened and why it happened and that includes who owns the gun? How did it get into the hands of the juveniles?” said MSgt. Knight.

There were no adults home when the shooting happened but there were two younger children inside the home.

They were not harmed.

The 16-year-old was arrested on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

His mother came home while police were there and she was ultimately arrested as well because police found meth inside the home.

We do not have an update on the victim’s condition but police say he is expected to recover.

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