GR 12-year-old shot in face in home

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 12-year-old boy was hospitalized after getting shot in the face in his Grand Rapids home Saturday morning.

The shooting happened at around 1 a.m. at a home in the 1000 block of Houseman Avenue NE.

Officers were initially called to the home for a reported drive-by shooting with a 12-year-old victim. After investigating, they determined the shooting was falsely reported by the 14-year-old brother of the victim.

According to police, it appears the brothers were handling a gun in their basement while their parents were not home. The 14-year-old then discharged the gun and his 12-year-old brother was struck near the jaw. The 14-year-old then called police to report a drive-by shooting.

The 12-year-old suffered non-life threatening injuries and was being treated for his injuries at an area hospital.

The 14-year-old brother was taken to Kent County Juvenile Detention for discharging a firearm, falsely reporting a felony and for the stolen firearm.

It is unknown if the parents will face any charges.

The gun used in the incident was stolen in Wyoming in 2010.


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