EARLY — No charges had been filed as of late Friday afternoon in a shooting late Thursday night that injured a 17-year-old Brownwood teen.

The shooting, which Early Police Chief David Mercer said appeared early in the investigation to be accidental, happened around 10:45 p.m. in an Early home where several people were gathered. Jeremy Jay Jones, who was shot in the chest with a .40 caliber handgun, was flown by an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Hospital officials did not respond to a request for a condition report on Jones.

While the shooting had not been confirmed as accidental, “it’s looking that way,” Mercer said Friday morning.

Mercer declined to comment on whether charges are likely.

Mercer said via email: Early police officers along with other law enforcement officers from the Brownwood Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s Office, the Early Fire Department and Lifeguard Ambulance responded to the 100 block of northwest Live Oak to what was reported to be a male subject shot in the chest lying in the road. Officers found Jones lying in the road and provided first aid until fire and EMS arrived. The victim was then airlifted from the scene by Air Evac Lifeteam to a Fort Worth hospital. The investigation led officers to a residence in the 600 block of Lucas Drive where the shooting occurred. Inside a bedroom of the residence officers found a bloody scene along with drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine. Officers questioned several individuals and learned the victim and four others were in the bedroom, where one person was playing with the gun pointing it at the others. That person fired a shot in the room, striking Jones.

The individuals in the room fled the scene along with Jones, who stumbled out of the house and into the roadway where he collapsed. The individual who fired the weapon remained with the victim until law enforcement arrived, and eventually confessed to accidentally shooting the victim.

Officers were attempting Friday morning to locate several individuals from the scene for questioning.