A Commerce Township teenager is in critical condition after he was accidentally shot in the face in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Dec. 27 at a house party on the 2000 block of Nacona.
Oakland County Sheriff’s Department Commerce Township Substation deputies were called to the scene around 1:55 a.m.
Initially, it was unclear if the wound was self-inflicted or the result of an accidental shooting by one of the other teens at the house.
According to the incident report, deputies were told the shooting occurred when someone brought out a handgun owned by one of the residents of the house.
Earlier in the night, the homeowner’s 18-year-old son brought out the 9-mm Ruger semi-automatic handgun from the owner’s bedroom to show people before returning it.
When the owner of the gun returned home, there were nine guests at the house.
Shortly after his arrival, the victim went to the room where the gun was and took it.
The owner of the gun saw it and told the victim to hand it over.
According to the incident report, the victim appeared to have racked a bullet into the gun’s chamber and then began to hand it to the owner.
During the transfer, the gun discharged and hit the victim in the face.
The 19-year-old victim was taken to DMC Huron Valley-Sinai hospital before being transported to Detroit Receiving Hospital for greater care.
While the matter remains under investigation, witnesses indicate there is not a bad relationship between the gun’s owner and the victim.
The victim remains in critical condition, according to law enforcement officials.