Dec 5, 2018, 5:11 PM ET

Teen who accidentally shot herself in foot with AK-47 to be charged with burglary

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A Texas teen shot herself in the foot with an allegedly stolen AK-47 that she had stuffed down her pants, according to police.

Police responded to the scene of the shooting in Harris County on Tuesday at around 4:15 p.m. They found three teens: two 17-year-old females and a 16-year-old male.

Preliminary reports and witness statements indicated that the male had taken the AK-47 from his home and that the teens were handling the gun when one of the females accidentally pulled the trigger, shooting herself in the leg, according to Constable Mark Herman of Harris County Precinct 4.

Further investigation determined that the gun had been stolen, he told ABC News.

“We have found out since then that the gun that was used was stolen in a home burglary just hours before that shooting,” Herman said.

The girl who shot herself was in critical condition and sent to Memorial Hermann Hospital. She is being charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon and burglary of a habitation. The male was also arrested and charged with tampering with evidence and burglary of a habitation, Herman wrote on Facebook.

"We filed tampering with evidence because they threw the gun down a storm drain after the shooting,” Herman told ABC News.

PHOTO: Police respond to the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot injury in Texas.Mark Herman/Harris County Constable Precinct 4
Police respond to the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot injury in Texas.

Video obtained by ABC News affiliate KTRK shows a girl lying on the road and neighbors coming to assist her.

"She had some pretty good wounds. She blew off the heel of one foot,” Don Sievertson, a 68-year-old veteran who ran out to help the girl, told ABC News. "She was in excruciating pain and she had every reason to be. She had very severe wounds, very severe.

"She was thrusting backward and forward, side-to-side screaming in pain and you know, [saying], ‘I need help.’”

As police continue to investigate the case, they also plan to determine if the other girl was involved.

“There were two females. The other one, we're still investigating that aspect of it. But if she was involved in the burglary, she'll get filed on, too, eventually,” Herman said.

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  • John Snow

    LOL. play stupid games, win stupid prizes. I see 3 possible future Darwin award winners here!

  • SeanKMMA

    Guys come one. They are just kids. Didn't you do this when you were young? Sorry I had too because it's funny how they are big girls and boys when they are committing the crime and then they get a slap on the wrist and told not to do this next time. They all know they pretty much have a free ride until they're 18. Even then it doesn't stop them with plea deals and such.

  • Up Pucker Danger

    Got charged with burglary... Should have gotten charged with stupidity.

  • allison kirkpatric

    The gun owner should forfeit his weapon and spend time in prison for failure to secure his weapon, thereby endangering the public.

  • AnonymousWatches

    I'm sure no one would notice a teenage girl with a rifle stuffed in her pants. Why not add the charge of concealed carry without a permit. This is Texas, so maybe stuffing a rifle down one's pants for self defense is perfectly normal.

  • Henrik Moller

    Stupidity in action...

  • Art Cano

    HA HA LOVE HEARING KARMA STRIKE BACK!!!

  • Lawrence Wilson

    With any luck this will create a permanent limp for her that will also cause her to start on a new career path once she gets out of the hospital & jail. Hopefully the other two will also find reasons for a career change. A few years ought to help them figure this out.

  • Bertd

    Karma.

  • Jim in Texas

    Only two places on the planet where you'd read the headline "teen self shot in foot by ak47." Iraq and the US.

  • gs12

    lol.

  • Mech

    Good shoot.

  • Rascal262

    Ralphie!

  • Thomas

    Makes one wonder why they stole the firearm. I am sure the police are investigating whether this group was planning something.

  • Mic123

    Mandatary 20 yrs in prison for stealing a firearm! No matter what age.

    This should be a national law, then you wouldn't have to take away my gun rights. You would have an impact on the violence. Why would anyone steal a gun, except to cause harm to another person? Where are the marchers where is david hogg and michael blumberg? Hurry there is a cause you can get behind...

  • David Hoffman

    I remember reading a couple of dozen years ago how many criminal gangs had given up on AK-47 derivatives due to the difficulty in shooting them accurately from inside a moving car and also the noise. The criminals much preferred submachineguns firing the same 9mm, .40, or .45 ammunition that they used in their semi-automatic handguns.

  • MickC

    Note that the NRA itself was opposed to public ownership of weapons of mass destruction like the AK-47 and AR-15 until the 1990's when the manufacturers basically bought their support. Now, the NRA treats ALL of us gun owners as if we're anti-gun if we don't support automatic weapon ownership. It's beyond ridiculous.
    We're going to have more and more of this kind of thing, where one gunshot wound blows off a person's entire heel, as time goes on - thanks in large part to the work of the NRA, which just deceased Pres. and gun owner G H W Bush resigned from in disgust.

  • Bongs&Thongs

    wait till she files a lawsuit against the gun owner

  • CaptnBlynd

    "A Texas teen shot herself in the foot with an allegedly stolen AK-47 that she had stuffed down her pants, according to police."
    "the teens were handling the gun when one of the females accidentally pulled the trigger, shooting herself in the leg,"

    They were playing with the gun in her pants? Doesn't that paint an odd mental picture.

  • turtlemouth

    Karma - not always instant but two hours is still a good response time. Sucks for the gun owner, though - it's bad enough it was stolen, now it's evidence. He'll be lucky if it's ever returned to him.

  • helicohunter

    She'll have a hard time running from the cops in the future.

  • stagerightinthemiddle

    Lesson learned?

  • Tommy Wo

    If only she had a handgun to defend herself................

  • Alvin "Creepy" Karpis

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    Enjoy your limp.

  • Phraughy

    I guess her gang name is Hobble now.

  • Band, On the Run

    Too bad it wasn't a guy. Then I could have said:

    Is that an AK-47 in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?

  • TenDude1963

    Dumb people do dumb things. That's why they're dumb!

  • poultrygeist

    Larry, Moe, and Curly.

  • Rezqewr

    I certainly hope her IbamaCare™ premiums were paid up, I wouldn't want to be forced to foot (pun intended) the hospital bill for her stupidity.