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Sevierville Police Say 15-Year Old Shot With AR-15 In Neck By 18-Year Old; Initial Reports Say Shooting Was Accident

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (City Press Release, Staff Reports) - Sevierville Police Department officers responded to a 911 call from 106 Nichols Street at approximately 3:07PM this afternoon, Wednesday, October 11, 2017. When officers arrived, they found a 15-year old male who had been shot in the neck.

The victim was transported by Lifestar air ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was alert when leaving the scene.

Based on preliminary information, it appears the victim was shot with an AR-15 style rifle by an 18-year old male inside the residence. Two other adult males were reportedly inside the house at the time of the shooting.

Although the investigation is in the early stages, investigators say it appears the shooting may have been accidental. Additional information, including the name of the victim and adults will be released pending notification of family and verification of identities.--