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Abbotsford teen shot by friend

A 17-year-old boy is in grave condition in hospital after being shot by his friend on Saturday night in Abbotsford.

Just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, Abbotsford Police were called to a home in the 4000 block of Brisbane Court for a shooting, said Const. Casey Vinet.

Officers arrived to find the young man inside the home, suffering from a gunshot wound.

He was airlifted to an area hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Vinet said the incident is another tragic example of a young man being injured with a gun.

“Although there are still a lot of details that are unknown, this is another senseless and tragic example of the dangers of guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them,” said Vinet.

“The young man is grave condition and we are very concerned he may not survive.”

Another 17-year-old male has been arrested and charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

The shooter and victim were friends, said Vinet.

The teenager who was shot was at the house with three of his friends when the shooting occurred.

Police recovered a firearm at the scene.

Abbotsford Police and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) worked throughout the weekend in an effort to piece together what happened, said Vinet.

However, he couldn’t say exactly what led to the shooting or if it was the result of a dispute.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” he said.

“The two are friends and the exact details of what led up to the shooting are still being determined.”

The suspected shooter was expected to appear in Abbotsford provincial court Monday.

The shooting is not believed to be connected to gang activity.

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