Gang member shoots himself in the leg, claims he was hit by stray bullet

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WILMINGTON – A 15-year-old gang member faces several charges, including filing a false police report, after police say he shot himself Tuesday afternoon.

Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Castle Street and South 15th Street for a shooting at 1:26 p.m., according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. A 15-year-old was found with a gunshot wound to his upper right thigh.

The teen was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with an injury that was not considered life-threatening.

“After an investigation, it was determined the juvenile shot himself while in a vehicle. He then called 911, reported he had been struck by a stray bullet,” Lindsay said.

The teen has been charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, possession of a handgun by a minor and filing a false police report.