Tampa police: 8-year-old accidentally shoots 17-year-old in eye with BB gun

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Tampa Police Department is currently investigating a shooting involving an 8-year-old and 17-year-old.

According to police, they responded to the Bank of America, located at 100 West Shore Blvd North, around 9:25 p.m. Saturday where an 8-year-old accidentally shot a 17-year-old in the eye with a BB gun.

The father of the 8-year-old and a 10-year-old, who was also present in the car, was at the ATM when the incident happened.

Police say while waiting for the father, the 8-year-old grabbed the gun in the car and the gun went off, shooting the 17-year-old.

The teenager was taken to Tampa General Hospital and is in critical condition.

According to police, the 17-year-old victim is a friend of the family and was sitting in the front passenger seat during the time of the incident. The 8-year-old and 10-year-old were in the backseat.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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