Authorities have made public a surveillance video capturing what seems to be the instance when an 11-year-old boy purportedly shot two of his teammates after football practice at a sports complex in Apopka, Florida on Monday night.
Apopka is situated approximately 30 minutes northwest of Orlando. The 11-year-old was taken into custody on Monday on a charge of attempted second-degree murder. According to police, he retrieved the firearm from his mother’s SUV and advanced towards another teammate before discharging a single round. Ultimately, two 13-year-old boys were struck – one in the back and another in the arm, as per law enforcement.
The footage depicts several individuals in the vicinity of the bathroom facility and parking area. Three boys are observed entering the frame, with the purported shooter approaching the passenger door of a vehicle.
Shortly after, people start fleeing. According to authorities, it seems that the bullet passed through one boy and then hit the second one. In a Tuesday afternoon update, Apopka police stated that one of the boys has been discharged from the hospital. The second boy underwent surgery and is currently in stable condition at the hospital. Police anticipate that both boys will make a full recovery.
The shooting incident occurred around 8 p.m. at the Northwest Recreation Center complex, specifically in the parking lot near the football fields, as reported by authorities.
It seems that the three boys engaged in a dispute and physical altercation during practice, possibly stemming from bullying or a disagreement over a bag of chips, which subsequently spilled into the parking lot. According to police, the boy retrieved the gun from his mother’s vehicle, where it was stored in an unlocked container.
After the shooting, he purportedly returned the gun to the same box. Police have indicated that his mother may face charges for not storing the gun in compliance with the law, which mandates secure storage in a locked box.