Officials: Florida boy, 15, plays with gun, shoots teen dead

March 28, 2020 GMT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Florida sheriff deputies detained a 15-year-old boy who they say shot a teenager dead as he played with a handgun.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says charges against the teen are pending for the fatal shooting but the boy was wanted on grand theft and another charge related to a burglary.

Deputies say the boy was sitting in a car and listening to music early Friday with an 18-year-old man and another man in a driveway in Bradenton, Florida. Officials say the other man told them the 15-year-old took out a handgun and started playing with it when it went off and struck the 18-year-old in the head.


When deputies arrived, they found the 18-year-old man in the driver seat of the car, slumped over the center console. He was taken to a hospital, where he died hours later.

The boy had fled the scene but was detained Saturday, the sheriff’s office said.