A 13-year-old boy was struck in the left shoulder Thursday by a shot fired from a .40-caliber handgun that discharged while his 14-year-old brother was handling the weapon, Bradley County authorities said in a new release.
The incident happened in the 5600 block of Benton Pike. Authorities have not released the names of those involved.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Bob Gault states in the release that the victim was airlifted to Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga and treated there for “apparently non-life threatening injuries.”
The incident is being investigated, but Gault said preliminary information “indicates the shooting was accidental and no charges will be filed."