Teen booked for manslaughter after 'unintentional' shooting of 14-year-old friend

A 14-year-old boy has died after he was unintentionally shot by his 16-year-old friend in Burien Tuesday night, August 14, 2018. (Photo: KOMO News)

BURIEN,Wash. - A 16-year-old boy has been arrested for investigation of manslaughter after he unintentionally shot and killed his 14-year-old friend Tuesday night in Burien, sheriff's officials said.

The incident unfolded at about 8:20 p.m. in the detached garage of a home in the 12600 block of 12th Avenue South, said Sgt. Ryan Abbott of the King County Sheriff's Office.

A preliminary investigation found that the 16-year-old was recklessly handling a handgun which went off, hitting his 14-year-old friend in the head, Abbott said. He classified the shooting as "unintentional" rather than "accidental."

The 14-year-old was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died of his injuries.

The 16-year-old was taken into custody and questioned by detectives. He was then arrested and booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of manslaughter, Abbott said.

Detectives are now trying to determine who owns the gun and how the teens came to be in possession of it. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation.

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