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8/4/08

Lubbock Teen Shot in Head

A Lubbock teen remains in extremely critical condition tonight after he was shot in the head this morning.

It happened in northwest Lubbock County, at a house in the 100 block of Venita. The incident was originally reported as a home invasion, but was later declared an accidental shooting. 

"At first I did not know what to do, we all, all four of us, didn't know what to do, how to react to it. We were just stunned, and we all got scared," said Allison Joiner.

The people in the house where the shooting took place got scared when a 16- year-old boy accidentally shot 17-year-old Ryan Ledbetter in the head.

"I heard a gunshot, and the last thing i saw was my friend hit the floor," said Joiner.

At first the four people in the house not including the victim were afraid to call the police, but Joiner decided she had to, "I couldn't see my friend lay there like that."

When the Sheriff's Department arrived the witnesses said someone came into the home and shot Ledbetter. After hours of questioning, it turns out that wasn't the case.

"They questioned all of us for a little bit, we all eventually broke down and told the truth about what happened," said Joiner. 

Major Don Carter says they lied because, The reason for that was basically to conceal the fact that there was a burglary this morning in which that gun and nine others was taken."

Law enforcement believes both the shooter and the victim were involved in the morning burglary. Once the truth came out, Joiner was allowed to go home, but the memory of this day will not fade quickly.

Joiner said, "I don't know if he's gonna make it or not. It was an accident, but guns aren't anything to play with."

The 16-year-old who shot the gun is now in a juvenile detention facility. Law enforcement is now investigating the burglary.

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