Anchorage teen shot by teen playing with handgun

Posted: Friday, February 21, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head Wednesday afternoon by another teenager playing with a handgun, Anchorage police said.

''It didn't look life-threatening, but anything could go wrong,'' Sgt. Rick Shell said. ''The hugest concern right now is what brain damage there is.''

The victim's sister identified him as Barry Wold. The shooting took place at about 2:45 p.m. in a trailer home in Spenard.

An 18-year-old male, who had removed the bullet cartridge, believed the weapon was unloaded as he twirled it around his finger, Shell said. But a round remained in the chamber.

''We hear that in 99 percent of these things. 'I thought the gun was unloaded,' '' Shell said.

The victim's sister, Sarah Wold, 18, identified the teenager playing with the gun as her boyfriend, Ben Shipp.

Even if the police investigation concludes that the shooting was accidental, Shell said, Shipp could be charged with reckless endangerment.

It was unclear who owns the handgun.

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