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Updated Jan 3, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Teen who walked for help admits he shot self by accident

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Authorities said a teenage boy who sought help for a gunshot wound to his leg in the town of Surprise actually shot himself.

Surprise police said the juvenile walked into a fast-food restaurant after being shot in the thigh area about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police said Friday that the 16-year-old admitted he accidentally shot himself in the leg while putting a handgun in his waistband.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police said the boy originally gave police a false story about how he was shot, but admitted he lied to avoid arrest.

The boy's name hasn't been released.

Police said the incident remains under investigation and that no criminal charges have been filed.

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