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Authorities in Howell County are investigating a tragic shooting that has left a teenager dead.

West Plains police say 14 year-old Jason Gregory Spurling was shot by a 15 year-old friend at 1760 state Highway BB when a handgun accidentally discharged about 6:30 p.m. Friday (02-18-12), hitting Spurling in the chest.

Spurling was transported to Ozark Medical Center and pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m.

No charges have been filed against the 15 year-old, whose name has not been released, at this time and the incident has been turned over to juvenile authorities.

Southwest Missouri Forensics will perform an autopsy on Spurling on Tuesday in Springfield.