Alabama teen shot in the head during prank gone wrong

Jesse Rainey  
By: Eva Fett 

(Scroll down for video) A teen was shot in the head during a prank that had gone wrong, according to reports.

The Alabama teenager was shot in the head by a friend when a prank backfired, the local newspaper reported.

Jesse Rainey, 15, and seven other teenagers, were spending the weekend without adult supervision in a rural home in Tuscumbia, Alabama, according to the newspaper. Some of the young kids decided to play a joke and turned off the power switch to turn off the lights, the local newspaper reported. Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May said that Rainey had hid in a closet inside the house as part of the joke.

When one of his friends opened the closet door, Rainey shot a gun to scare him. The boy shacked from being scared and a .38 caliber gun fired, shooting Rainey in the head, according to the local newspaper. "This was a small group of young people who decided to play a joke", May told the local newspaper.

"Right now, we are seeing this as an accidental shooting." No charges were filed. Rainey, who is a 10th grade student at the Colbert County High School, is in critical condition at Children's Hospital in Birmingham. According to the local news website, investigators said no drugs or alcohol was involved but "several guns and pistols," were brought to the house.

"We have found no indication that this was planned by anyone," May told the news media. "We believe it was a prank that went terribly wrong. Continue to pray for Jesse and his family. Hopefully he will soon return to his family."

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