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Teenage boy found dead of apparent gunshot wound in Midwest City

A 13-year-old boy died Thursday afternoon of an apparent gunshot wound to the chest, Midwest City police said.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 15, 2014 at 9:43 pm •  Published: August 15, 2014
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— A 13-year-old boy was found dead Thursday inside a garage from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest, Midwest City police said Friday.

About 1:30 p.m. Thursday, officers were called to the 4200 block of N Shadybrook Drive with reports that someone had been shot.

When they arrived, officers found three teenagers inside the home and the body in the garage. Police said they think the boy was shot once in the chest with a rifle.

Midwest City police declined a request from The Oklahoman to provide the name of the victim.

Two teenagers who were present at the time of the shooting, ages 14 and 16, originally told investigators the boy died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The boys later told police during separate interviews that the 14-year-old was handling the rifle. The weapon unintentionally discharged and struck the 13-year-old in the chest, police said.

“Sometimes when you have a combination of teenagers and weapons, it can be a mixture for disaster,” Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said. “In this instance, it became a tragedy, not only for the victim and his family, but everyone else involved.”

The rifle that police believe was used in the shooting was reported stolen from a Midwest City home in 2011, according to police.

Clabes said no arrests have been made. Police will present information from the case to the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office for review and consideration of any possible charges, he said.

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