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17-Year-Old Boy Charged in the Shooting Death of Teen

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 10:55:58-05

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Police say a 17-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his 13-year-old friend at a home in suburban Atlanta has been charged.

Local news media reported Thursday that the 17-year-old boy has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Authorities say the teens were playing with a handgun when it accidently discharged, striking the victim in the face around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

DeKalb police say the boys found the gun in the woods near a home in Lithonia.  Police say the victim did not live in the home where the shooting occurred.

Police say an investigation is still ongoing.