An 11-year-old Florida boy allegedly shot two of his Pop Warner youth football teammates after a Monday night practice following a fight over a bag of chips, police said.
The boy, who has not been identified by authorities, faces a charge of attempted second-degree murder, Apopka Police Chief Michael McKinley said during a news conference Tuesday morning.
Authorities said the boy grabbed a gun from an open box in his mother’s truck and shot another teammate, hitting him in the back outside a practice complex in Apopka., Fox Orlando reported.
It is believed that the same bullet hit another minor in the arm. Both 13-year-old victims were taken to a hospital and are expected to recover.
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The alleged shooter was arrested at the scene.
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“Young people, juvenile youth…they have access to firearms, but the most disturbing part is that they believe that that gun, that firearm, is a solution to their problem,” McKinley said. “And it’s not a solution to anyone’s problems. It just creates more problems for everyone involved.”
Surveillance footage captured from a building near the shooting appears to show the alleged shooter being chased by one of the victims. The shooter appears to run toward a vehicle and reach inside before firing, causing a small crowd nearby to flee the area.
The suspect hit and injured two people and is charged with one count of attempted murder.
“It will be up to the courts if they want to separate those (charges),” McKinley said. “Again, this is a serious charge and we are talking about an 11-year-old child, I don’t think it is necessary to pile on charges against an 11-year-old child who has no criminal record.”
Authorities have not said whether the boy’s mother will face charges, even though the firearm is legally owned.
In a statement to Fox News Digital, Mid-Florida pop Warner said he was “saddened by the terrifying incident.”
“The scourge of gun violence is even more disturbing when it comes to young children,” the organization said. “As authorities conduct their investigation, we are working diligently with Apopka Blue Darters and the national Pop Warner office to better understand the circumstances surrounding the shooting and work to ensure appropriate measures are in place to support the program now. its members.
“Our first priority is to ensure that the boys and girls on all of our teams are protected and feel safe participating in a sport they love,” the statement continued.
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