A 13-year-old East Baltimore girl was shot in the head and critically wounded by a 14-year-old boy while visiting today in a bedroom of his home.
Police said the boy told them he thought the gun was empty.
The victim, identified by police as Tezar T. Horsey of the 1700 block of Rutland Ave., was rushed to Johns Hopkins Hospital after the shooting.
The boy, whose name was withheld because of his age, was taken to police headquarters for questioning by homicide detectives. Police were not immediately willing to call the shooting an accident.
Police spokesman Dennis Hill said the two children were together in the second- floor rear bedroom of the boy's home in the 1700 block of E. Oliver St.
Police were told the pair was playing with a .22-caliber revolver when the gun discharged, striking the girl in the right side of her head.
"He told police at the scene he thought the thing was unloaded," Hill said.
Several adults were in the house, including the boy's grandmother. All were being questioned by police.
The grandmother, who declined to give her name, said she was in the kitchen when she heard a sound she thought was a fire cracker.
"It's hard to see a child go down," she said. "It's harder to know that a part of your family did it. I've had a lot of tragedy, and it looks like I've got more."
Her daughter -- the boy's mother -- was shot and killed 10 years ago. She did not describe the circumstances of the killing.
The grandmother also said she was unaware there was a gun in the house.
Neighbors said the house where the shooting took place has been the focus of two drug raids in the past year.