A 16-year-old boy was listed in serious condition at a hospital Monday after accidentally shooting himself in the leg for the second time in three months, according to police.
Officers went to a residence in the 7300 block of East Jasper Street around 3:25 a.m. and found the teen suffering from a single gunshot wound to his left leg.
The victim was conscious, police said, but he was incoherent, and there was a large amount of blood on the bed. Police feared an artery had been pierced, and an officer applied a tourniquet to the teen's leg to stem the bleeding.
The youth was taken to St. John Medical Center in serious condition.
In a news release, police said the "quick action" of the officer who applied the tourniquet prevented the boy from bleeding to death.
The incident was the second time the teen had accidentally shot himself with a handgun, police said. Officers went to his residence about three months ago and found him with a gunshot wound to the leg. That injury was not life-threatening.
A police spokesman did not know where the victim obtained the guns but said the gun used in the first accident had been confiscated and remained at a police station.