The youth initially blamed a second juvenile with shooting him about 9:15 a.m. Thursday on Mallory Drive. But deputies found the second youth asleep at his residence, and family members said he had not left the house.
Witnesses said the first youth had been seen acting suspiciously about two hours earlier at a residence on Mallory Drive, where Troup County sheriff’s deputies found evidence of a burglary.
As the injured youth was receiving medical treatment, lawmen confronted him with their evidence. He then said he had accidentally shot himself in the foot after burglarizing the Mallory Drive residence and stealing a .22-caliber rifle.
The case remained under investigation today.