10-year-old Florida boy dies after shot in head by friend

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Authorities in Florida say a 10-year-old boy has died after his 14-year-old friend accidentally shot him in the head while the children played with a gun.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the boy died Tuesday at an Orlando children’s hospital.

Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri says the children were visiting the Daytona Beach home of a relative of the teenage boy when the shooting occurred Saturday. Police say the two children broke into a locked bedroom, took a semi-automatic pistol out of a drawer, and were playing when the gun discharged. Officers found the wounded child lying face-up on the floor and bleeding from the mouth.

Capri says the homeowners were legally able to own the gun and “did what they felt necessary to secure the firearm.”


Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

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