Teenagers playing with a gun ends with 19-year-old shot in the face

A 19-year-old male was accidentally shot in the face Tuesday by another teenager in McDonald's Chapel.

The victim and two 14-year-old males were playing around with a .44 caliber gun at a home in the 6700 block of Kiska Avenue when the shooting happened.

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies were called to the residence around 6:45 p.m. after one of the 14-year-old males accidentally shot the victim in the face. Before being shot, the victim had been jokingly pointing the empty gun at the other teens before loading it with one round and placing it on a bedroom table.

One of the younger teens grabbed the loaded gun, assuming it was still empty, and pointed at the victim's head and pulled the trigger. The gun went off, striking the victim in the face. He was taken to the Minor Fire Department for treatment before deputies arrived at the scene. The victim was later transported to UAB Hospital, where he is expected to make a full recovery.

It is unknown at this time who owns the gun or how it came into possession of the teens.

"We would certainly like to know who the gun belonged to and/or how it got into the 19 year olds hands to begin with. So far all involved including the homeowner deny knowing who the gun belongs to." Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokesman Randy Christian said. "A record check does not show it as stolen. We will run a check through ATF to try and determine who originally owned it and get some answers. This young man is incredibly lucky. This was a 44 caliber handgun and had the aim just been slightly different we would be talking about a real tragedy."