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14-year-old central El Paso boy shot in head while playing with gun has died

UPDATE, July 28: A 14-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in the head while playing with a gun earlier this month has died of his injuries.

The boy's shooting occurred back on July 2 at a home on Tays Street in central El Paso while he and a 14-year-old friend were playing with a loaded handgun, police said.

The friend told officers that the injured boy was shot during a drive-by, but police said their investigation revealed that wasn't true.

The EPPD gang unit was expected to present charges against the friend to the juvenile probation department, but there's no word as to whether that happened.

UPDATE, July 6: Investigators have determined a 14-year-old boy wounded in a shooting lied about it being a drive-by, El Paso police said Monday.

Detectives indicated the teen and a 14-year-old friend were actually "playing with a handgun" when he was shot in the head on Friday evening in the 900 block of Tays in south-central El Paso.

"Patrol officers searched the area for described suspect(s) and vehicle until officers found the juvenile had lied about the 'drive-by,'" police said in a statement issued Monday.

Authorities noted their intent to pursue juvenile charges against the 14-year-old friend in connection with the shooting. Police said the wounded boy, who was initially thought to have life-threatening injuries, is expected to survive.

ORIGINAL REPORT, July 2: EL PASO, Texas -- A manhunt was underway Friday night for the gunman who seriously wounded a 14-year-old boy in south-central El Paso during a drive-by shooting.

It happened around 7:45 p.m. in the 900 block of Tays.

The victim was rushed to University Medical Center with what police indicated were life-threatening injuries.

Patrol units were searching for the shooter and his vehicle, but police offered no descriptions of either.

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