Prank backfires with teen shot

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

A prank between friends over the weekend backfired tragically when one of them was shot in the head.

In Alabama, 15-year-old Jesse Rainey was with seven other teenagers spending the weekend at a home in Tuscumbia with no adults present, according to Al.com.
According to NBC, when the group decided to turn out the lights by flipping the electrical breaker as part of a prank. Rainey was in a closet as part of that prank.

When one of his friends opened that closet, Rainey jumped out to scare him. This led to the boy shooting Rainey in the head with a .38-caliber handgun.

Rainey is currently listed in critical condition at Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital. No charges have been filed and police stated that the shooting was accidental.

Police added that no drugs or alcohol were present, although numerous weapons were brought to the home.

“We’ve found no indication that this was planned by anyone,” Colbert County Sheriff Ronny May told Times Daily. “We believe this was a prank that went terribly wrong. We continue to pray for Jesse and his family. We hope he is able to return to his family soon.”

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