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Police: Girl mistook pistol for BB gun, accidentally shot teen
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Update: Alcoa Police have released additonal information about a shooting involving two teens over the weekend.

Investigators said a 14-year-old girl told them that she thought a semiautomatic pistol was a BB gun. When she picked it up, it fired, and a 17-year-old boy was hit.

He was in critical conditon at UT Medical Center.

The names of the teens involved have not been released. Alcoa Police are calling the shooting an accident.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office confirme that the shooting happened at the home of one of their corrections officers. Casey Hicks has been with the department since December 2013. He was not home when the shooting happened. He was placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

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(WBIR- Alcoa) A teenage boy is in critical condition after what's being described as an accidental shooting, according to Alcoa Police.

The incident happened Sunday afternoon at a home off Cherry Street in Alcoa.

Detective Sergeant Kris Sanders told 10News the victim is a 17-year-old boy. He was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital and then transported to UT Medical Center.

According to a release, the victim is in critical condition.

Investigators are working to figure out if the teen lived at the home where the shooting took place.

Authorities said they are still conducting interviews, collecting evidence, and working to figure out what exactly happened.

"We are investigating a shooting, it is too early to determine whether or not we have a suspect," said Detective Sergeant Kris Sanders, "We are investigating the circumstances of what took place, which there are minors involved, so we are working through that very carefully, methodically, trying to figure out what happened."

Detective Sergeant Sanders told 10News it is too early to know if there will be any charges.

"We are still trying to get into contact with several people, we are in a process of conducting interviews, and kind of reaching out and locating different individuals we need to speak to," Sanders said.

Due to the circumstances and the involvement of minors, the process could take longer.

"We are still trying to determine what actually took place, a fact-finding phase if you will of the investigation, we still have a scene that we have to process, identify any evidence, if it's there, to collect it," said Sanders.

Alcoa Police are investigating the incident with assistance from the Blount County Sheriff's Office.


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