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Victim of accidental shooting is recovering well, police report

The 18-year-old Eden man who was wounded in an accidental shooting earlier this week is doing well, according to Eden Police Lt. John H. McCarthy.

"From what we know now today, it looks like the victim is going to make a good recovery. His spirits seem to be well," McCarthy said Thursday.

Contrary to initial reports when news of the shooting first broke, the incident did not involve target practice outside the family's Jennings Road home.

"It was an isolated incident that occurred basically in the yard," McCarthy said.

Police said the man's 21-year-old brother accidentally discharged a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.

Police continued to withhold the name of the victim, who was listed in serious condition Thursday in Erie County Medical Center's trauma unit after suffering a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

McCarthy said the investigation is continuing but insisted there was no foul play.

"We need it to die down and come to a conclusion for the sake of the two [men]," McCarthy said. "It was a pure accident. Our investigation is still ongoing. We found that there was no foul play involved, or reckless handling of the gun. It was a pure accident."