A 15-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the thigh in front of a shopping center in Orange County.

The incident happened after 3 p.m. Tuesday at the J-Mart located at the corner of Silver Star Road and Hiawassee Road.

The teen claimed he was shot by another person and described the alleged shooting suspect to deputies.

As deputies searched for the alleged shooter, investigators discovered the teen had shot himself accidentally and tried to cover it up by creating a false story. The search for the alleged gunman was called off.

Deputies said the teen was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the thigh.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said deputies are working to find the gun.

The teen is a student at a nearby charter school, deputies said.

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