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HOUSTON –Two teens who were manipulating a pistol at a southeast Houston apartment early Wednesday were killed when the weapon discharged twice, according to police.

The accident happened at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Corder near Scott Street shortly after 1 a.m.

According to Houston police, 17-year-old Jordan Coleman and Alfred Wayne Harris Jr., 19, were loading and unloading a pistol and checking it for safety when the weapon accidentally discharged, striking Coleman. The weapon then discharged a second time, striking Harris.

The victims were transported to the hospital, where they both were pronounced dead.

Coleman attended Worthing High School.

Houston Independent School District officials released the following statement.

“HISD is sad to report that a Worthing High School student died Wednesday. We offer our deepest condolences to the student’s family and friends, as well as to the entire school community. Counselors have been made available to support students and staff at this difficult time.”

We are working to gather more details and will provide updates as they become available.