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16 April 2024

Boy, 10, dies after shot in head by friend


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.”