Ocala Teen Shoots 5 Year Old With BB Gun

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A 17-year-old Ocala teen faces child abuse charges after shooting a young child with a BB gun because "he felt like it."

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Associated Press Release

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say an Ocala teen is accused of shooting a 5-year-old in the leg with a BB gun.

The Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/1dUS9I8 ) reported Tuesday that the 17-year-old boy was arrested on a felony child abuse charge. Deputies say the child had a red welt on his thigh, but didn't require medical attention.

Marion County Sheriff's deputies say the boy told them he was playing with friends when the teen approached.

According to an incident report, the teen said he shot the boy because he "felt like it," and because the boy didn't believe the gun was real. But he says he didn't mean to harm the child.

The gun was recovered at the home of one of the teen's friends.

The teen was taken to a juvenile detention facility.
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