Teen shot, injured in hunting accident in Fellsmere

Posted at 4:18 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 00:16:15-04

A teen has been airlifted to a hospital after being shot in what the Indian River County Sheriff's Office is calling a hunting accident.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. near 134th Court and 99th Street in Fellsmere.

Gustavo Severino, according to his aunt, was the 15-year-old boy shot in a hunting accident in Fellsmere.

Jasmine Severino says her 15-year-old nephew was with another 15-year-old relative and a 15-year-old friend in a orchard hunting, when the friend accidentally shot Gustavo in the leg Tuesday afternoon. 

He was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando where she says he underwent surgery late Tuesday afternoon. He's expected to survive.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is leading this investigation since its considered a hunting accident. The only animal in season, FWC says, is turkey.

We’re told the gun that was used in the shooting was a rifle, but investigators won't reveal what kind.

It's not clear what led up to the shooting, and where exactly Gustavo was shot and who called for help.

Agents on scene say, so far, no one has been arrested or cited but that could change.

The FWC also said, in general, three teenagers hunting without an adult would be breaking the law.