CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A 13-year-old boy was shot accidentally in a West Side home where Charleston officers also found several stolen guns.
Officers and paramedics were dispatched to a reported shooting at 8:30 p.m. Monday in a house in the 500 block of Main Street. The boy was shot in the leg, said Lt. Mark Abbott, a Charleston police shift commander.
The wound was not life threatening. The boy, whose name has not been released, was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital.
Abbott said the witnesses told officers multiple stories when they arrived, including that the boy had been shot on Magic Island, but officers determined the shooting occurred in the house.
He said the shooting appeared accidental.
"(The boy and his friend) were playing around with the gun," Abbott said. "We don't know if he accidentally shot himself or if his friend shot him."
The two-story house is the home of the injured boy's best friend, he said.
Officers were given consent to search the house and discovered a cache of stolen firearms. Those guns were recovered. It was not immediately clear if the gun involved in the shooting also was stolen.
"We think the stories before were an attempt to throw us off the stolen guns," Abbott said.
Two juvenile males were detained and taken in for questioning. They were not under arrest and their mothers accompanied them.
Detectives are investigating.
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