Alabama girl, 12, accidentally shoots two teen boys – one critically, police say

A 12-year-old Alabama girl was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after she’d accidentally shot and wounded two teenage boys, police said.

Authorities responded to a report of a person shot near a playground in east Birmingham around 3:30 a.m. 

Two teenage boys were wounded by gunshots Tuesday afternoon in a neighborhood in east Birmingham, police say. 

Two teenage boys were wounded by gunshots Tuesday afternoon in a neighborhood in east Birmingham, police say.  (Google Maps)

Responding officers found two boys, ages 13 and 14, with gunshot wounds. A police sergeant said one of the boy’s injury was serious; the other boy’s injury was life-threatening. Both were hospitalized, WRBL reported.

Police detained a 12-year-old girl two blocks away after receiving tips from residents. Preliminary evidence suggested the gun had discharged while the girl was playing with it, police said.

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Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith called the shooting an “unfortunate” situation and urged the public to “be a responsible gun owner to ensure everyone is safe.

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The owner of the gun has not been identified. No further information was released. An investigation is ongoing.