18-year-old shot in Hinesville as friend cleaned weapon, police say

Crime & Safety

HINESVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) – Police are investigating what’s believed to be an accidental shooting in Hinesville.

According to Maj. Tracey Howard, assistant chief of the Hinesville Police Department, an 18-year-old was shot and injured Tuesday as a friend was cleaning his weapon at a home on the 100 block of Cherokee Circle.

The 18-year-old, who was hit in the abdomen area, was medevaced to Memorial Health in Savannah.

He was alert and conscious when airlifted, though Howard did not have the most recent details on his condition.

“Hopefully there’s going to be a full recovery,” the assistant chief added.

Howard said the friend cleaning the gun was also around the age of 18.

The assistant chief said accidents like this happen “more times than you think”

“It’s not a malfunction, but human error comes in, where people believe the gun to be unloaded and they discharge the weapon,” Howard said.

“We just encourage for people that are out there involved with firearms to employ very safe handling measures to prevent things like this from happening,” he added.

Howard said the shooting remains under investigation and those involved in the incident are being cooperative.

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