Detectives from the Cathedral City Police Department Thursday are investigating a shooting that hospitalized a 14-year-old boy.

The teen was struck by a bullet from a gun handled by his father, who apparently thought the gun was empty, said Sgt. Albert Ruiz of the Cathedra City PD.

Officers were called at approximately 7:09 p.m. Wednesday to the 68100 block of Peladora Road where they learned the father had recently purchased a gun and while handling it he pulled the trigger and the bullet traveled through a wall and struck a chair where his son was seated, Ruiz said.

The bullet hit the teen in the left side of his back and he was taken to a hospital, where it was removed without complications, Ruiz said.

The father was not arrested but the investigation is ongoing.

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