Sevierville Police: 18-year-old shoots 15-year-old with AR-15

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A 15-year-old boy was flown to the hospital after he was shot in the neck by an 18-year-old with an AR-15 on Wednesday, according to a preliminary report by the Sevierville Police Department.

Officers responded to a 911 call from 106 Nichols Street at 3:07 p.m. Wednesday. When investigators arrived on the scene, they found a 15-year-old boy who had been shot in the neck. The police report says the gunshot went in the victim's neck close to his throat, exited out the back of his neck, and then entered back into his shoulder.

According to preliminary information from the Sevierville Police Department, it appears the victim was shot with an AR-15 style rifle by an 18-year-old male inside the home on Nichols Street. Charles James Christopher, John Pack, and Thomas Dison were reportedly inside the house at the time of the shooting.

Although the investigation is in its early stages, investigators say it appears the shooting may have been accidental. Christopher told authorities he was "messing around" with his AR-15 and thought it was safe and accidentally pulled the trigger.

In a witness statement, Dison said he was playing on his PS4 then heard a "loud bang" before 911 was called.

The victim was transported by Lifestar to the UT Medical Center. Officers said he was alert when leaving the scene.

Local 8 News reached out to UT Medical Center, as of now they can not comment on the victim's condition, but tell us he's in the Neurocritical Care unit.