A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister after a man allegedly brought a gun to a rally in Florida, authorities said on Saturday.
The girl underwent surgery and was in “extremely critical condition,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference.
The shooting took place just before midnight on Friday as three men watched a basketball game in Lakeland, he said. One, later identified as Kevonte ‘Wilson, 23, allegedly brought a loaded .380 handgun and hid it between the cushions on the sofa where the children were playing, the sheriff said.
The three grabbed the girl and took her to hospital in a vehicle, but were “boned” by a motorist who turned in front of them on the way, injuring all occupants, Judd said.
“By then a Good Samaritan had stopped,” he said. “And the Good Samaritan took the baby and a man to the hospital. “
The adults in the vehicle have since been treated and released, Judd said.
He said he was unable to identify the parents of the children under Florida law. The mother was traveling to visit her sister at the time, he said.
Host Chad Berrien, 24, has been charged with possession of marijuana and keeping a home for drug use after a search warrant allegedly revealed cannabis and accessories, Judd said.
Barrien is not guilty of the shooting, he said.
“It seems like a horrible, tragic accident that should never have happened,” Judd said.
Wilson has been charged with failing to safely store a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm and possession of marijuana, he said. He may face further allegations as the investigation continues, Judd said.
The third man watching basketball was not arrested.
The boy was placed with his grandmother. “The 3-year-old will not be charged,” Judd said.