Paducah boy charged after shooting friend during 'Russian Roulette'

PADUCAH, KY (AP) - A western Kentucky teenager has been taken to a Tennessee hospital after police say he was shot in the chest playing a form of Russian roulette.

Police responding to a report of a shooting Sunday night found the 16-year-old having trouble breathing. The Paducah Sun reported the youth first told officers he was shot while walking along a street, but later said the shooting occurred in the house. He was transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

During questioning of a 15-year-old boy on Monday, police say they learned the younger boy had fired the shot and hid the pistol.

The 15-year-old is charged with first-degree assault, tampering with evidence and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Police say the latter charge relates to the boy's earlier conviction in a stolen firearms case.

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