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Police say teen's shooting death accidental

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email 

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) – Columbus police responded to a home at the intersection of 17th Street and Wells Drive after receiving a call that someone had been shot just after 8 o'clock Saturday night.

Once inside the home, they found 18-year old Joseph Conner Weeks lying in the bathroom, suffering from a shotgun wound to the right side of his body.         

Police tell FOX 54 there were four boys, including Weeks, between the ages of 17 and 19 at the Midtown home when the accidental shooting took place.  Witnesses told police three of the young men were outside the home looking at weapons and Weeks was inside that bathroom.  At that time the shotgun discharged, sending a shot through the bathroom window where it struck the 18 year old.

Police say the weapon belonged to the homeowners, and the boys could have been preparing for a hunting trip at the time they had the gun.           

Once the friends realized Weeks had been shot, they called 9-1-1 and tried to offer him help until the paramedics could arrive.

Weeks underwent several hours of surgery at the Medical Center before he was pronounced dead just before 1 am Sunday.

At this time Columbus police have not arrested any of the boys or charged anyone in relation to the death.

They are still conducting interviews and the case remains under investigation but in the meantime, they are classifying the death as an accidental shooting.

Weeks' body will be sent to the GBI state crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.

FOX 54 will continue following this story.

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