Teens firing rifles in Slidell woods accidentally shoot man

Updated: May. 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM CDT
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Slidell, La.  Three Slidell area juveniles have been arrested and placed in the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center after they shot and injured a man outside his place of employment Thursday afternoon.  So far. investigators with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office believe the shooting was accidental.

The shooting happened around noon near a wooded area off Camp Villere Road in the Slidell area.  Investigators say the three teens were shooting rifles in a wooded area when one of the bullets reportedly struck an employee of  a nearby business who was standing outside.  The man who worked at Friction Stir Link suffered a gunshot wound to his upper back.  He remains at a south shore hospital,  and his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Following the shooting, deputies were dispatched to the scene and immediately began canvassing the area.  A witness reported to one of the deputies that he saw three juveniles carrying two rifles enter a trail into a wooded area near his home.

The three juveniles were located at a home near the other end of the trail.  Investigators interviewed the three boys, aged 12, 13 and 15, in the presence of their parents.  All three admitted to firing a .22 caliber rifle in the direction of the business.  Last night, the three boys were transported to the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center and each booked with one count of Negligent Injuring and one count of Illegal Use of Weapons.