Teen, two boys rushed to hospital after accidental shooting

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police say an accidental shooting is to blame for the bullet wounds that sent a teen and two boys to a hospital Friday night in south Wichita. 

It happened just before 9 p.m. in a van driving down S Broadway near Skinner. 

"When [officers] arrived they discovered that a church van was giving a ride to several family members back home," said Sgt. Chris Marceau of the Wichita Police Department. 

Police say a 42-year-old man was driving the van. 

Police say an 18-year-old man was looking at a handgun inside the van. The gun went off, and a single bullet ricocheted hitting him as well as two boys aged 11 and 12 who were also riding in the van. 

"There were several people inside of this church van when the gun was discharged," Marceau said. 

Neighbors at the scene told KAKE News they saw firefighters carrying the young victims to emergency vehicles. Sedgwick County dispatch originally called out the 12-year-old boy as being in critical condition after a bullet struck his leg. He was later downgraded to serious condition. 

Police said while the shooting was accidental they are working the case as a criminal investigation. 

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