Teen arrested after toddler fires gun found under couch in Tampa home, 6-year-old grazed by bullet

Hillsborough County

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A 6-year-old was injured Tuesday morning after a 4-year-old found a gun under a sofa in a Tampa home and fired it, police said. A teen is now facing charges in connection with the incident.

The alleged shooting happened around 10 a.m. at a home on East Frierson Avenue. A spokesperson for the Tampa Police Department said a 6-year-old showed up at a nearby hospital around that time with a leg wound. The child is expected to be OK.

Police said it appears a 15-year-old left a gun under the sofa in the Frierson Avenue home. The department spokesperson said the 15-year-old is “a friend of one of the relatives.”

According to police, a 4-year-old discovered the gun under the sofa and fired it. The bullet then grazed the 6-year-old in the leg, police said.

The 15-year-old involved was later arrested and charged with felony culpable negligence and misdemeanor minor in possession of a firearm.

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