Detroit Teenager Shot by Man Aiming at Pit Bull That Was Attacking Him

A Detroit man reportedly shot a teenager after the boy's pit bull went on the rampage.

Fox 2 Detroit reported that the 39-year-old man shot the boy by accident as he aimed at the pit bull, who was mauling the youth on Bentler near Seven Mile in the Michigan city.

The man was barbecuing at the front of his house when the 16-year-old boy, a neighbor, walked past with his pit bull.

The dog ran towards the man's German shepherd, which was tied up, and attacked it.

He then pulled out his gun and shot at the pit bull, who according to his partner was mauling the teenager, and hit the boy in the leg by mistake.

"My fiancée said he called the police on himself," Kimberly Ford told Fox 2 Detroit.

"He said he was trying to protect the teenager who was getting mauled by the pit bull. My fiancee was trying to protect the boy and made a mistake and shot the boy."

The teenager was taken to hospital with serious injuries, where he remains.

WXYZ reported that police took the man into custody following the incident, which occurred at around 6.50 p.m. on Wednesday.

A weapon was recovered and Click on Detroit reported that it was a revolver.

According to Click on Detroit, the man cooperated fully with police after immediately calling for help. The dog belongs to a house down the street where two other pit bulls also live.

Detroit Police Department did not respond immediately to Newsweek's request for more information.

Last week in Girard, Ohio, a mother accidentally shot her daughter who had come home from college to surprise her.

In the August 30 incident, the woman was in her bedroom when she heard noises from elsewhere in the house.

Fearing an intruder, she picked up her .38 special handgun—for which she has a valid permit.

Upon seeing someone running into a bedroom, the woman fired—only to realize it was her 18-year-old daughter.

Police were called at around 9 p.m. to the 200 block of Ohio Avenue by the victim's boyfriend.

Officers found the college student "covered in blood" while walking down the driveway with a towel wrapped around her arm, reported WKBN. She is now resting and recovering.

"If you realize someone has a gun for protection, and they're not expecting you—announce yourself when you enter the home, or even if you're getting up to get a drink of water in the middle of the night, just announce yourself," Girard Police Chief John Norman told WFMJ.

Detroit Michigan pit bull man shoots boy
[Stock image] An American Pit Bull at a dog competition in Turkey on August 25, 2019. A man accidentally shot a teenager while aiming at a rampaging pit bull in Detroit, Michigan. ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images

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