PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO (KAIT) - A 17-year-old is in jail following a reported accidental shooting over the weekend.
Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell says it happened in Deering on 2nd St. The 911 call about the shooting came in Sunday around 12:39 p.m.
Deputies arrived minutes later and found a 16-year-old male was shot in the head by a 17-year-old male.
The victim was flown from the scene by helicopter to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis then transferred to the MED.
According to Greenwell, the initial investigation showed the victim and suspect knew each other. The suspect told investigators "he was only trying to scare the victim" and did not think the gun was loaded when he pulled the trigger.
The 17-year-old identified as Joseph O. Mooney of Deering was arrested at the scene.
Mooney is charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a firearm.
A cash-only bond was set at $250,000.
Mooney will appear in court for arraignment Thursday morning.
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