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Police: Georgia teenager took his own life after accidentally shooting friend

A Georgia teenager is dead as is his friend after an apparent accidental shooting on New Year’s Eve.

Gwinnett County Police say 15-year-old Devin Hodges was reportedly in a shed with three of his friends when he showed them a handgun. Hodges accidentally fired a shot, which struck another teen before the others left the shed to call 911. The teen struck by the bullet has been identified as 17-year-old Chad Carless. He passed away before first responders arrived.

Officers say they saw Hodges running between two houses before they heard another shot. Hodges was found not far away and was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police are still investigating.

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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