Sleeping child shot by gunfire coming from outside his home

The 9-year-old boy was in his bedroom when he was shot in the stomach
Detectives looking for info on shooting of a 9-year-old
Published: Jun. 14, 2023 at 11:55 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2023 at 11:50 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A 9-year-old is recovering Wednesday after the Leon County Sheriff’s Office said he was shot in the abdomen. It happened at the Lake Bradford Estates Mobile Home Park.

LCSO said someone outside the home fired the shots around 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

The 9-year-old’s stepfather spoke with WCTV’s Madison Glaser off-camera and said that the boy had surgery early Wednesday morning and is expected to recover. He was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after the bullet hit him, according to LCSO.

Several bullet holes lined the outside of the house but the stepfather said that there was one in particular he knew was the one that struck his stepson.

He said the boy was sleeping in bed when it all happened. There were other people inside the home but thankfully they weren’t hit.

LCSO detective Brandyn Deas said they need anyone who may have more information to come forward.

“The mentality has gotten to the point that where it didn’t happen to me so I’m going to stay out of it, but at the same time we’re talking about a 9-year-old kid,” said LCSO detective Brandyn Deas. “It’s a large community out there, so there is plenty of people out there all the time.”

We asked how many shots were fired and whether LCSO thought this was a targeted incident, and they’re still working to find that out.

Deas said right now the department is working every angle.

Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact them at 850-891-4200, to remain anonymous call crime stoppers at 850-574-tips.

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