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Teen accidentally shoots self in Austin

A 16-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the chin in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side early Saturday.

The teen was handling a gun in an apartment in the 5500 block of West Adams about 1 a.m. when it “accidentally discharged,” striking him in the chin, said police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro.

The teen was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical-but-stable condition, police said.

According to a police source, the teen is a self-admitted gang member and has an “extensive” arrest history, including an arrest earlier this month for unlawful use of a weapon.