An 11-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the leg outside a Lakeland Salvation Army on Sunday. This shooting led to the arrest of an armed 13-year-old boy.
The young girl was shot inside a car outdie of a Salvation Army location.
Police responded to a home located about four miles from the shooting location. They found that the girl had already been taken to the hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her leg.
During their investigation, detectives learned that a 13-year-old was in a vehicle with the victim at the Salvation Army. Police said the boy accidentally discharged the 9mm handgun he had placed in his waistband, hitting the girl’s leg as she was sitting next to him.
He was accused of possessing a firearm by a delinquent, carrying concealed guns, and unlawful possession of guns by an underage person. The 13-year-old received all of these charges while on probation. It is not known how the boy had access to the gun.
The victim’s identity has not been released due to Marsy’s Law, which protects the identities of crime victims.
Police are continuing to investigate the shooting.