11-Year-Old Arrested for Attempted Murder in Apopka, Florida

11-Year-Old Arrested for Attempted Murder in Apopka, Florida

In an incident on Monday night, an 11-year-old boy was arrested for attempted murder in Apopka, Florida, after allegedly shooting two 13-year-olds in the parking lot of a local recreation center. The altercation took place around 8:30 p.m. following a Pop Warner football practice.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered two injured boys, one shot in the arm and the other in the torso. Apopka Police Chief Mike McKinley reported in a briefing that the former was treated and released from a hospital, while the latter remains hospitalized after undergoing surgery, currently in stable condition.

Chief McKinley elaborated that the dispute originated during practice and escalated in the parking lot. The young suspect retrieved a firearm from his mother’s unlocked car and fired, injuring both victims. The firearm was located in an unlocked box in the vehicle, and McKinley emphasized the potential legal repercussions for the suspect’s parents for this negligence.

Witness statements suggest the victims had previously bullied the suspect. A brief security video depicted one of the victims pursuing the suspect, leading to the shooting. Notably, the suspect’s mother was present in the vehicle throughout the incident. She informed detectives that the gun was stored in a box beneath the front passenger seat. While she acknowledged her son’s awareness of the gun, she had cautioned him against using it, emphasizing it was for her own safety.

Highlighting the broader implications of the incident, Chief McKinley stated, “As a society we need to reflect on this. We see this way too often, of juveniles, young juveniles, that have access to guns. But the more disturbing part is they believe that gun, that firearm, is a resolution to their problems.”

A recent study by the Pew Research Center, analyzing data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showed a troubling 46% increase in gun death rates among children under 18 between 2019 and 2021. This trend emphasizes the pressing need to address the issue of gun violence among youth in the U.S.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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