Stephenville police are trying to piece together a string of events that led to the shooting of a 15-year-old male Monday evening. 

Stephenville Police Chief Jason King said the victim’s mother called 9-1-1 from her home on N. Dale Street about 5:15 p.m. reporting that her son had been shot in the hip.

The gun was reportedly stolen from Tarleton State University early Monday morning.

Tarleton Police Chief Matt Welch said juveniles were spotted by an officer in the stadium parking lot about 3:30 a.m. on Monday, but “got away.”

Hours later, police discovered that three cars had been burglarized. Cash and four guns were stolen. 

“We are working with the Tarleton Police Department to determine the circumstances of what led to Monday’s incident,” King said.

The victim was shot by another 15-year-old male.

“At this point it appears the boys were being reckless with (the gun),” King said. “We are investigating this as an accidental discharge.”

Stephenville attorney Jim Keene said he is representing the victim’s family in an unrelated case and declined to comment on Monday’s shooting. It is not clear who stole the gun or how it ended up in the boys’ possession. 

The victim, who is not being named because he is a minor, was transported by air to a Fort Worth hospital. He has reportedly undergone surgery but his condition is not known.