Family of teen accidentally shot in head asks for community support

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The stepmother of a South Linden boy who accidentally shot himself in the head Wednesday afternoon expressed shock that her son could be harmed this way.

Kierra Christie said Thursday that 14-year-old Jelon Armstrong is a good student at Linden-McKinley High School who has never shown an interest in guns.

The shooting occurred just before 3 p.m. at a house on the 1700 block of Jermain Drive on the Northeast Side.

Jelon was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in critical condition and later underwent surgery.

Christie said his condition has stabilized, but doctors couldn’t say whether he will recover.

“He’s a fighter,” she said.

Christie said Jelon went to the home of a friend’s grandmother with other teens and told her that there would be adult supervision at the residence.

A police report says three adults were in the home at the time of the shooting, but they were not in the same room as Jelon and at least two of his friends.

Christie said police told family that the teens were recording videos when Jelon picked up the gun and it went off. She said police told her that the firearm was registered to a person who lived at the home.

Investigators said they are still looking into how the teen got the gun.

Christie said Jelon’s mom, Latatiyona LaNiece Armstrong, who is also her partner, has created a GoFundMe page to help pay his medical bills. The family doesn’t have health insurance, she said.

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