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Teen Pulls Gun From Waistband, Accidentally Shoots Himself, Police Say

By Kelly Bauer | April 23, 2016 8:59am

CHICAGO — A 17-year-old accidentally shot himself in South Shore on Friday, police said.

The teen originally told police he was walking down the street when he was shot by someone, said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago Police spokesman. The teen later said at 1:05 p.m. he was in his apartment in the 6900 block of South Paxton Avenue when he took a gun out of his waistband and accidentally fired it, hitting his leg.

The teen was taken to Jackson Park Hospital, where he was in good condition, Estrada said.

A gun was not found. The teen is a documented gang member, police said.

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