Update, Oct. 4, 2023 at 1:46 PM:
Two 13-year-old boys were fleeing when an 11-year-old boy shot them at a Pop Warner football practice on Monday, police say.
The incident happened after kids knocked a bag of chips out of the boy’s hand after football practice had ended.
Responding officers took the gun from the boy, and he was arrested. The boy’s mother said she told him not to handle the gun.
Shocking video footage shows the shooting during a local Pop Warner football practice at the Northwest Recreation Complex in Apopka, about 20 miles northwest of Orlando.
One teen who was shot in the arm was released from a hospital Monday night. The other teen underwent surgery and is in stable condition at a local hospital.
The footage shows the boy opening the passenger door of his mother’s vehicle and reaching inside. He then turned and opened fire on the victims. The video clip also shows the teens were running away from the boy when they were shot in the back.
Police said the boy knew where his mother stored the loaded gun in an unlocked box under the passenger seat. The mother was reportedly waiting for practice to end when the incident occurred.
The boy was charged with attempted murder and is being held in a juvenile detention center. His mother may face a second-degree misdemeanor charge for leaving a gun unsecured.
“As a society, we need to reflect on this. We see this all the time now,” Apopka police Chief Mike McKinley said during a news conference on Tuesday. “It’s a shame. No one wants to arrest an 11-year-old by any means.”
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