PBSO: Boy accidentally shoots friend in head with pellet gun in The Acreage

Victim flown to St. Mary's Medical Center

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - A day of fun turned dangerous between two young boys in the Acreage on Thursday. Authorities say one boy accidentally shot the other in head with an pellet gun. The boy was airlifted from the scene to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

There is hope at the hospital for a speedy recovery after the young boy was shot in the head with a pellet gun.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says he was airlifted with serious injuries to his temple. Doctors were working to treat him late Thursday.

Investigators say the boy - who is not being identified - was hit with a pellet to head at an Acreage home. PBSO said it was an accident on the part of the boy's friend who was holding the gun. Both boys are said to be about twelve years old.

"We're all praying for them," said Dawn Frood, who lives across the street from where the shooting took place in the 13000 block of 59th Court North. Frood says that pellet guns - even for young kids - are part of life there.

"Living in the Acreage, this is what they do," she said. "They're good kids. They were just playing and probably got careless."

Under Florida law it is illegal for anyone under the age of sixteen to use a pellet gun unless under adult supervision. It is unclear if an adult was with the boys at the time of this shooting.

"It's not a toy. It's not something to play with," said neighbor Mallorie Degirolarmo. "As long as there is parental supervision and they're using them the right way for the right reasons, I think it's okay," she said.

Family of the boys involved did not want to speak publicly about the incident.

 


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