An 11-year-old boy from Florida has been arrested for shooting his football teammates after they allegedly stole his bag of chips.
The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Northwest Recreation Complex in Apopka. Reports revealed that the children were going home following a practice when the chaos suddenly broke out.
Surveillance footage showed the children gathering in the lot, with the first victim described as a heavy-set boy with red shorts while the other victim was wearing a jersey.
The 11-year-old can be seen taking an object under the front seat of an SUV before he ran at the group, pointing a gun at the first victim.
The teen was only 10ft away from the boy when he was shot, with the bullet exiting his body and grazing the elbow of the second victim.
A woman then ran around from the driver side and grabbed the young boy by his shoulders to take him back to the car.
Apopka police were notified about the shooting with ‘two possible juveniles sustaining possible gunshot wounds.’
Minutes later, police arrived and were told that the suspect was still on the scene. People had gathered around the SUV and they saw a woman and a man trying to shield the 11-year-old.
The first victim was still lying on the ground while the other was holding his arm.
The arrest report revealed that the 11-year-old boy was in tears and ‘kept repeating he didn’t know where the gun was.’
The boy’s mother told officers that a 9mm purple handgun was hidden in an unlocked box under the seat and that her son knew where it was kept.
Witnesses told officers that the victims had been bullying the 11-year-old before he shot them.
The young boy was booked in a juvenile assessment center on a charge of second-degree attempted murder.
Apopka Police Chief Michael McKinley said: “As a society we need to reflect on this. We see this too often in our society now.
“Juveniles, young juveniles – they get younger everyday – that have access to guns, but the more disturbing part is that they believe that gun, that firearm, is a resolution to their problem.”
“And it’s not a resolution to anybody’s problems. It just creates more problems for everybody involved,” McKinley added.
“They’re ruining their lives, making bad decisions to use an argument to end a dispute.”
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