Deputies: Teen shot, shooter’s father left gun with kids intentionally

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by Marcy McMacken

Video report by Jason Volentine

Posted on July 28, 2013 at 7:07 PM

WICKENBURG, Ariz. -- A 13-year-old boy is on life support after being shot in Wickenburg Friday night, according to a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

In an email to 3TV, Officer Christopher Hegstrom stated that the boy had been shot by a friend around 7 p.m. He was then flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital where he remains on life support.

Saturday afternoon, Sheriff Joe Arpaio told 3TV the father of the shooter had left the gun with the kids intentionally.

According to Arpaio, the father needed to do some shopping, so he left his 13-year-old son and his son’s 13-year-old friend home alone.  A ten-year-old not involved in the shooting was also left at the house.

Apparently, according to Arpaio, the dad had been worried about the family's safety so he left the gun with the kids thinking they would be able to protect themselves.

While the father was gone his son accidentally shot his friend in the head.

Although the sheriff’s office is investigating the shooting as an accident, Arpaio said criminal charges could be coming for the father.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the victim had died

More information as it becomes available

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