Cops: Teen accidentally shot by best friend in face near Paulding County in coma

A 16-year-old is in a medically-induced coma after he was shot in his left eye by his best friend, Dallas police told Channel 2 Action News.

Police said there is a 24-hour wait to determine if the teen will survive or not. He has lost his left eye and is bleeding from his brain due to the bullet exiting the back of his head, police said.

He was shot by his 18-year-old best friend, who was using his father’s pistol, during target practice Tuesday near Sara Babb Park on Recreation Drive, Dallas police Chief Joe Duvall told Channel 2. He said all evidence points to this being an accident.

The teens were parked in a gravel lot near woods, and the older teen was showing off with the gun when it went off, according to Duvall.

It is not known if they had the gun owner’s permission to use it.


Police told Channel 2 they will release the shooter’s name Wednesday morning, and charges will be based on whether or not the teen survives.

At the time of the shooting, there was a 911 call saying there was an active shooter in the park, police said. Officers and sheriff’s deputies evacuated the park.

Police want to know who made the 911 call.

No identities were released.

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