An 11-year-old boy was taken into custody after he shot two of his fellow football teammates during a disagreement at practice on Monday evening, according to police.
Law enforcement officials have charged the child with attempted second-degree murder.
Shortly before 8:30pm, Apopka police, in Florida, responded to reports of a possible shooting at the Northwest Recreation Center.
Within a few minutes of their arrival, the officers found the young suspect along with a firearm.
During a press conference, Police Chief Mike McKinley said: “Three juveniles got into an altercation.
“During that altercation, one of the juveniles went to a vehicle, retrieved a firearm, and fired one round that struck two other juveniles.”
Both victims were rushed to a local hospital, with one sustaining injuries to the arm, while the other was hit in the upper body, investigators said.
McKinley mentioned that the investigation is still in its early stages, and the exact circumstances that led to the shooting are not yet clear.
Authorities plan to release surveillance footage from a nearby building that captured the incident.
According to McKinley, the footage depicts the two children running away when they were shot.
He said: “It’s unbelievable that young kids out here to play football and have a good time would get into an altercation but in today’s society, our juveniles run, retrieve a gun, and fire the gun.
“It’s unacceptable. We can do better than that as a society. We should not resort to violence.
The suspect does not have a prior criminal record.
Chief McKinley stated that the police department intends to pursue criminal charges against the parent responsible for leaving the gun accessible to the child.
It is just the latest in a concerning trend of young children unintentionally and intentionally using their parents’ unlocked and loaded firearms.
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