CLEARWATER, Florida- Friends know 15-year-old Ryan Greenlee for his amazing skills on the skateboard. The Clearwater High School student competes in tournaments across the state and is even sponsored by a skateboard company with videos all over YouTube.
"He actually went to a competition the other day and won first place," said good friend Chris Rinehart.
But Thursday night, Greenlee was being treated at All Children's Hospital, the victim of a gunshot wound to the face in what Clearwater Police suspect was an accidental shooting.
"I heard one of the boys come in the street and he's like on the phone with the police saying one of his friends shot their other friend in the face," said neighbor Neaka Boyd.
Witnesses say a 14-year-old friend, a soon to be freshman at Clearwater High was the one who accidently fired the gun. She and her family were questioned by detectives who do not believe the gun came from inside the home.
Tonight friends of all those involved are in shock over what happened.
"I'd never play with a gun in the first place. I'm glad one of us wasn't over here because one of us could have got shot," said friend Michael Owens.
"I'm hoping he's going to make it. I believe he's going to make it. He's a fighter," said Rinehart. For him, the shooting brings back bad memories. His teenage sister was shot three years ago the same way.
"I lost my sister... I could potentially lose my best friend. It's just not worth it. I stay away from guns."
Beau Zimmer, 10 News