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15 year old boy taken to the hospital after being shot in the chest

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Spokane police are investigating a shooting near East Vanetta Avenue and Pittsburg street in North Spokane. Spokane police are investigating a shooting near East Vanetta Avenue and Pittsburg street in North Spokane.
SPOKANE, Wash. - A 15 year old boy is suffering from life threatening injuries after being shot in the chest. Officers were called to the 1700 block of Vanetta Avenue just after 2:30 Sunday afternoon. Police say nearly half-a-dozen teenagers were present when the shooting happened.

Officers told KHQ one of the teens brought the gun over, they removed the clip, and started playing with it.

"Messing around with something they shouldn't have been messing around with," said Lieutenant Rex Olsen with the Spokane Police Department.

Olsen says the teenagers didn't realize there was still a bullet in the chamber. One of the boys suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. Officers who arrived on scene performed life-saving actions at the home. The teen was rushed to Sacred Heart Medical Center where he was taken into surgery and is currently in critical condition.

There were no adults present at the house, and police say they currently are not pursuing charges and they are considering the shooting accidental.

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