An 18-year-old rural Wells County man is in critical condition after being shot in the head this afternoon while cleaning handguns with his 19-year-old friend.
According to Indiana State Police, the pair were at a residence in the 3200 block of West County Road 600 N, just outside of Markle, when the incident occurred.
Police said that as the two young men were cleaning handguns, one of the guns accidentally discharged.
The victim was shot in the head with what appeared to be a .45 caliber bullet from the handgun that his friend was handling.
The victim was taken immediately to a Fort Wayne hospital to undergo emergency surgery.
No arrests have been made.
While police are calling it an accidental shooting, an investigation into the incident is underway.