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11-Year-Old Florida Youth Football Player Arrested After Allegedly Shooting 2 Teammates

11-Year-Old Florida Youth Football Player Arrested After Allegedly Shooting 2 Teammates


Tue, October 3, 2023

An 11-year-old Florida boy has been arrested after he was accused of shooting two 13-year-olds following their youth football practice.

As reported by NBC News, the incident occurred Monday night at the Northwest Recreation Complex in Apopka, Florida, which is about 30 miles northwest of Orlando.

On Tuesday, police released surveillance video of the incident. The 11-year-old was detained and charged with second-degree attempted murder.

According to law enforcement, the shooting, which took place around 8 p.m., stemmed from an argument and physical fight that took place between the three boys during practice.

The 11-year-old allegedly grabbed a gun out of his mother’s SUV, ran toward his teammates, and fired one shot, hitting one boy in the arm and another in the back. Both children were transported to the hospital, where one underwent surgery and is said to be in stable condition. They are each expected to make a full recovery.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Apopka Police Chief Mike McKinley expressed his disdain for the country’s sad reality when it comes to gun violence.

“We shouldn’t have 11-year-olds that have access to guns and think they can resolve a dispute with a firearm,” McKinley said.

He continued by urging “society” to “reflect on this.”

“We see this way too often in our society now of juveniles—young juveniles, and they’re getting younger every day—that have access to guns,” McKinley said. “But the more disturbing part is they believe that gun, that firearm, is a resolution to their problems—and it’s not a resolution to anybody’s problems.”

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