17-year-old injured in accidental shooting in Randleman

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RANDLEMAN, N.C. —Randleman police rushed to a home on the 300 block of Swaim Street, near Randleman Elementary School, just before 11:30 a.m. Friday.

The teenager is expected to be OK.

Randleman police are classifying this as an accidental shooting.

FOX8 obtained 911 calls and heard how one teenager claims the other teenager dropped a shot gun and it went off.

Neighbors saw police cars speeding over but had no idea someone had been shot.

"I had come out and saw the patrol cars and detectives and them escorting the kids out of the house," said James McCracken, a neighbor.

He didn't hear the gunshot but seeing those teens made him think about his own son.

"I have a firearm myself that I keep locked up," McKracken said. "It's kind of a wake up call. People need to be a bit more careful with their firearms so that kids don't get them."

Everyone in the neighborhood is praying for the 17-year-old.

"I'd be devastated if it was my child that had gotten a hold of my firearm," McCracken said.

They believe someone needs to be held responsible.

"The gun owner needs to be the one held accountable," McCracken said. "It's their firearm. They bought it. And when you buy a firearm, it's part of the responsibilities.

Randleman police are not pursuing criminal charges at this time but say the investigation is ongoing.

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