13-year-old victim of accidental shooting identified as Rains teen
The friend's house where the shooting occurred.
Wesley Pruitt (Source: Facebook)
RAINS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -
A 13-year-old boy is dead after an accidental shooting Wednesday afternoon in Rains County.
The Rains County Sheriff's Office said 13-year-old Wesley Pruitt was at a 15-year-old friend's house on County Road 2130 when the incident took place. Pruitt died of a gunshot wound to the right side of his head.
Pruitt and his friend were in a bedroom of the home when the 15-year-old pulled the trigger of a 12-gauge shotgun not realizing it was loaded. The friend's father was in the kitchen of the home when the accident occurred.
"Apparently, they got the guns out checking them, assuming they were unloaded. The 15 year old pulled the trigger. The gun discharged striking the 13 year old in the head. He was killed instantly at the location." Raines County Sheriff David Traylor said.
The shooting appears to be an accident, but the Rains County Sheriff's Office will investigate thoroughly.
Both teens were students at Rains Independent School District.