He said he heard a “pop,” then his arm hurt.
Now police are investigating how a 7-year-old boy was shot late Sunday in a bedroom of his Northwest Jacksonville home, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators were called to UF Health Jacksonville about 11:45 p.m. after the boy was brought there by his family, the Sheriff’s Office said. The child’s 24-year-old aunt told them she was “moving furniture” in front of the home in the 5100 block of Doncaster Avenue with two other children when she also heard a “pop,” according to the incident report.
The aunt headed to the home’s back bedroom, where the boy was preparing for bed, and saw him holding his arm, the report said. He said he was lying in bed when he was shot. Detectives were conducting interviews to determine what happened at the home off Sibbald Road. And while the original police report indicated this was an accidental event, the Sheriff’s Office stated late Monday that “it is undetermined what exactly occurred” as the investigation continues.
The boy’s 54-year-old grandmother, who also was home at the time, tested positive for cocaine and marijuana, according to the Department of Children and Families worker in the report.
This is at least the 11th time this year that a Northeast Florida child 16 or younger has been shot, three of whom were killed, according to Times-Union archives.
The Florida Department of Children and Families was called in to investigate alongside the Sheriff’s Office’s aggravated battery unit.
Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549