Teen: Masked man shot me. Other teens: Gunshot was accidental.

Posted at 3:52 AM, Mar 05, 2015

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Police are getting conflicting reports about what led up to a shooting that sent one teenager to the hospital.

The shooting happened on Battle Creek Avenue on Wednesday.  When officers arrived, they found a 16-year-old victim who had been shot in the abdomen.  The home was occupied by numerous teenagers who told police that the gunshot wound accidental and self-inflicted .

However, the victim said an unknown man wearing a mask entered the house and shot him.

The conflicting reports didn’t end there.  Initially, the none of the teenagers would point police to the location of the gun.  However, the firearm was located in a field across from the house.  The serial numbers were missing.

Ultimately, one of the occupants admitted to getting rid of the gun after the victim had accidentally been shot.  Police are still investigating on whether the victim shot himself by accident or if another person at the home was the one who accidentally pulled the trigger.

The victim was last listed in stable condition and required surgery as a result of the gunshot wound.