Editor’s note: At 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Akron police said the two teens were taken to the hospital, where they were both pronounced dead. (Read the news release here) This story reflects information from the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office that the second teen is still alive.
AKRON, Ohio-- A 15-year-old boy is dead following an accidental shooting in the basement of an Akron apartment, police say.
Officers responded to the building on Grand Avenue near West Exchange Street shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Akron Police Department said a group of teens was in the basement when the 15-year-old, identified as Arnez Kendrick, pulled out a handgun. He accidentally fired it, shooting the 14-year-old in the head, police said.
Kendrick panicked and turned the gun on himself, according to Lt. Rick Edwards. He died from his injuries.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office said the 14-year-old survived and remains hospitalized.
"There was no confrontation between the boys or the kids in the basement. There was no argument, there was no fight," Edwards said.
The Akron Police Department released the following statement on Thursday:
"The Akron Police Department takes pride in only furnishing accurate information. Last night we received inaccurate information from multiple reliable sources that both teens had died at the hospital. The department would like to apologize to the victims’ families. The department feels terrible for the families of the victims of this tragic event and our thoughts are with them during this difficult times."