LAKELAND, Fla. – An 11-year-old girl was shot on Sunday, and a 13-year-old boy has been charged, according to police.
On Sunday, at approximately 7:49 p.m., Lakeland Police Officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of Emma Street in reference to a shooting involving a juvenile.
Upon arrival, officers found the victim had been transported to the hospital by a personal vehicle.
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Officers at the hospital reported that an 11-year-old female juvenile was admitted with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the upper leg area.
Detectives determined that the shooting occurred inside a car at the Salvation Army building, 2455 Jim Galloway Road in Lakeland. A 13-year-old juvenile was inside the car and had placed a 9mm handgun in his waistband.
While doing so, the gun was accidentally discharged, and the bullet struck the leg of the victim seated next to him in the car.
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The 13-year-old suspect, who was on probation, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Delinquent (F2), Carrying a Concealed Firearm (F3), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Persons Under 18 (M1), and Culpable Negligence (M1). A firearm was also located and collected by detectives.
The name of the victim is being withheld in accordance with Marsy’s Law.
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