LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say a boy is in critical condition after he was shot in the face by a man who is now in custody -- but the suspect's grandfather says it was all an accident.
According to an arrest report, it happened Saturday, just before 6 p.m. on East Avenue, near Mid Drive, right next to Stuart Middle School.
Police say they were called to the scene on a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found a juvenile male with a gunshot wound to the face. He was taken to University Hospital, where he remains in critical condition, according to police.
Police say the victim identified 18-year-old Howard Scott Wilson, III, as the shooter. Wilson had already fled the scene.
But police say Wilson came back at about 7 p.m. He allegedly admitted to officers that he had thrown the gun into a nearby field. It was eventually recovered.
Police say he agreed to talking with detectives, and admitted to "discharging the gun."
A family spokesperson, Dan Richardson, says the victim is 17-year-old Jeremiah Widemon, a senior at Doss High School.
Richardson says Widemon is in stable condition at University Hospital.
Brent Goss, a man who says he's Wilson's grandfather, says it was all a tragic mistake -- and that the man his grandson shot was his best friend.
"He's not a hardened criminal," Goss said of his grandson. "It was an accident."
Goss said Wilson and the victim had found a pistol and were playing around with it. At one point, he said they were posing for pictures with the pistol. That's when, Goss said, the gun went off.
He said the accident is taking an emotional toll on Wilson.
"He's having to live with this," he said.
He also added that his family wants to express their sorrow to the victim's family, but can't because of restrictions placed on them by the court.
"We're not even allowed to approach the family," Goss said, adding that he wants them to know that, "We're very remorseful, and we're there if they ever need us."
Goss said he was the one who convinced his grandson to turn himself in to police.
Wilson was arrested and charged with first degree assault and tampering with physical evidence. He is currently being held at Louisville Metro Corrections.
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