12-year-old shoots 15-year-old during argument

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A 15-year-old boy was in critical condition after being shot by a 12-year-old boy Tuesday evening at a residence in mid-Lake

Charles, authorities said.

The 12-year-old, who lived at the house at 2512 Demarest St., left the home but was apprehended, said Deputy Police Chief

Mark Kraus.

The shooting happened during an argument between the boys, who were friends or acquaintances, Kraus said. The gun is believed

to have been legally owned by the homeowner, he said.

Because of his age, the name of the 12-year-old is not being released, Kraus said.

“We’re concerned about the well-being

of our victim and the neighborhood,” Kraus said. “It’s a sad day in

America when a 12-year-old

shoots a 15-year-old.”

Charges were not yet filed, but Kraus

said anyone over 10 years old is considered legally culpable for their

actions. A 12-year-old

cannot be charged as an adult, District Attorney John DeRosier

said.