What happened after 11-year-old football player allegedly shot two teammates with a stolen gun in Florida? Investigating the real cause

Americans have seen a worrying rise in gun violence in recent years, which has alarmed people and prompted calls for action from both local communities and law enforcement organizations. The worry has increased as a young player’s gun violence was most recently reported in the state of Florida.

An 11-year-old was accused of a gun incident that had occurred at a youth football practice in central Florida, leading to a heightened sense of insecurity among residents.

What happened when 11-year-old player shot his friends in Florida?

The 11-year-old youth football player has been charged with shooting and injuring two 13-year-old teammates at an Apopka recreation center. According to officials, the three lads were physically fighting at the complex’s Field of Fame before the argument moved into the parking lot.

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Additionally, according to the police’s arrest record, the mother of the gunman stated that one of the victims had struck her son after knocking food out of his hands and some witnesses also claimed the 11-year-old victim of bullying.

However, the boy’s mother informed the police that he grabbed the gun without her consent since she had previously warned the boy not to handle the weapon because it was for her safety.

The 11-year-old child was seen racing to his mother’s car in the parking lot after being chased by a 13-year-old boy in the footage that the police have acquired. He then pulled a gun out of his mother’s car, where it was in an unlocked box, and fired one bullet.

While attempting to flee, the boy who was pursuing him and another boy were both hit by bullets. One adolescent sustained an arm hurt, while the other sustained a torso wound and both were eventually taken to the hospital. One teen received hospital treatment and was discharged, and the other was still receiving treatment on Tuesday.

What statement did the police issue about the incident?

Mike McKinley, the police chief in Apopka, expressed his outrage to the media after the incident, saying that an 11-year-old boy shouldn’t have access to firearms since there is a greater likelihood that he will misuse them.

“That’s not good. We shouldn’t have 11-year-olds that have access to guns and think they can resolve a dispute with a firearm.”

According to McKinley, the police are investigating if adults will face charges because the boy’s mother has to exercise greater responsibility. He then issued a warning to all parents, advising them to exercise greater caution and responsibility if they keep a firearm in their home or vehicle so that their kids won’t have access to it.

“Your firearm was in a box that didn’t have a lock on it. We will be pursuing charges. For that crime, it is a second-degree misdemeanor. For all the parents out there, you have a firearm in your car or a firearm in your house, you have a responsibility to make sure that that firearm is secure and not accessible to your children because it only takes one bad decision and a split-second to ruin their lives.”

The 11-year-old was already detained at a juvenile assessment facility on a preliminary accusation of attempted second-degree murder. McKinley hoped that the little boy would receive the right help in order to overcome this traumatic experience because he still has a long life ahead of him.

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