DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a 10-year-old boy has died after his 14-year-old friend accidentally shot him in the head while the children played with a gun.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the boy died Tuesday at an Orlando children’s hospital.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri says the children were visiting the Daytona Beach home of a relative of the teenage boy when the shooting occurred Saturday.
Police say the two children broke into a locked bedroom, took a semi-automatic pistol out of a drawer, and were playing when the gun discharged. Officers found the wounded child lying face-up on the floor and bleeding from the mouth.
Capri says the homeowners were legally able to own the gun and “did what they felt necessary to secure the firearm.”