A 16-year-old boy is charged with careless handling of a firearm on suspicion of shooting a 15-year-old girl in the leg earlier this month, according to the Ada County Sheriff's Office. Officials claim he was messing around with the gun when it fired.

Deputies are also recommending a misdemeanor charge against the shooting victim of providing false information to law enforcement.

The girl did not report the shooting to 911, but authorities learned about it from a third-party report that a girl with a bullet wound in her leg was being treated at a local emergency room.

The girl told deputies she was walking on Ustick Road, between Ten Mile and Black Cat roads, just before midnight July 2 when she was hit by a bullet in her leg as a car drove by. Deputies spent several hours searching that area but did not find any evidence of a shooting. They conducted interviews and followed leads before determining the shooting occurred inside the girl’s home the night of July 2, according to the sheriff's office.

The girl was not seriously injured. She was treated and released from the hospital hours later.

An arrest warrant was issued for the boy July 11. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. The boy turned himself in July 13.

Deputies are also recommending the 35-year-old man who drove the girl to the hospital be charged with providing false information to law enforcement. That man allegedly told deputies he did not know the girl but picked her up after she waved him down from the side of the street. Authorities claim he actually does know the girl and the boy.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Ada County non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790 or send an email to cau@adaweb.net

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