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Gainesville boy injured when gun goes off

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GAINESVILLE, Texas -- Jonathan Michael Hass, 20, is jailed in connection with the shooting of a 14-year-old Gainesville boy late Wednesday night. Police said Hass was attempting to give a gun safety lesson when something went terribly wrong.

Police spokeswoman Belva McClinton said officers found the victim at the North Texas Medical Center emergency room suffering from a gunshot wound to his torso.

Police said the victim and a 14-year-old friend had been visiting Hass at his home in the 1600 block of Wolf Run Road. Hass is the brother-in-law of the victim's friend.

Home of Jonathan Hass
The Gainesville home of Jonathan Hass, where a 12-year-old boy was shot. (KTEN)

"Hass was showing the boys a small caliber revolver that he owned," McClinton said in a written statement. "While demonstrating the function of the weapon, which was loaded, the weapon discharged striking the victim in the lower right side of the torso."

The wounded child was taken to the hospital by Hass.

"I don't care who you are or where you are, you have to be safe," said Bobby Williams, who works at Lone Star Shooting Supply. "One of the most important rules is that you should never point a firearm at anyone -- whether you think it's loaded or unloaded. Obviously, that rule was violated and someone was shot."

Police arrested Hass for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a 2nd degree felony which carries a prison term of 2 to 20 years if convicted.

"It's just good to have an open dialogue with your children; talk to them about gun safety," Gainesville police Chief Kevin Phillips said."Guns are not something to be afraid of, but they are something to respect."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Gainesville police  Crimes Tip Hotline at 940-612-0000. Callers can remain anonymous.

Here is a firearms safety brochure from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that you can print out for your family: