16-year-old Lynchburg boy charged after accidental shooting sends teen to hospital

He turned himself in Tuesday afternoon



A 16-year-old boy is now in custody after an overnight shooting in Lynchburg that sent a 17-year-old boy to the hospital. 

The 16-year-old was handling a loaded gun that he found in his home when he accidentally shot the other boy in the chest, according to police. 

After initially running away from the scene, the 16-year-old turned himself in Tuesday afternoon and was charged with reckless handling of a gun and shooting within an occupied dwelling. 

The boy is being held at the Lynchburg Regional Juvenile Detention Center.


Lynchburg police are investigating an overnight shooting that sent a 17-year-old boy to the hospital.

Just after midnight, officers responded to the 1800 block of Rivermont Avenue for a report of a malicious wounding. The neighborhood is a couple of blocks from Riverside Park. 

When officers arrived, they discovered that a 17-year-old Lynchburg boy had been shot once in the chest while inside one of the homes.

Officers started first aid while waiting for medics to arrive. The teen was then taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. Police have not yet provided details on his condition. 

Police say this was an isolated event and there is no danger to the public. 

Police have not arrested anyone at this time. 

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