COCOA, Fla. – A 2-year-old was shot dead in a house in Cocoa on Monday, police said.
The fatal shots were reported around 7:30 a.m. on Owosso Street in the Sunrise Village RV community.
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Cocoa Police said dispatchers received a call from a neighbor who reported that someone had screamed and held a young child who had been shot.
The officers arrived at home and attempted life-saving measures before the boy was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to witnesses, several teenagers were at home to visit a friend and one of them “was actively showing a gun when it was being unloaded,” police said. The toddler was hit by a bullet.
An official at the scene said the shooter was a 15-year-old man who was playing with a gun and fled the area after being shot.
Neighbor Mark Barclay said he came outside to see what was going on.
“The first thing I heard was all the screaming and I saw the baby lying on the floor and the mother screaming and screaming with blood all over her,” said Barclay.
The police do not believe the shooting was intentional.
“He was actively working with the gun when it discharged and hit the child. All male youth fled the house, “said the spokeswoman for the cocoa police, Yvonne Martinez.
Police said they tracked down some of the teenagers but not the shooter.
While police believe the shooting was accidental, the boy with the gun could still get into big trouble.
It depends on the outcome of the investigation that is ongoing as a mother grieves over the loss of a child.
“We want to make sure that the person who had the gun comes forward,” Martinez said. “If this was an accidental incident, there are ways of dealing with it that we can mitigate.”
Police said the shooter and the 2-year-old victim were not related.
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