A three-year-old boy accidentally shot his two-year-old sister after a man was accused of bringing a gun to a Florida convention, authorities said on Saturday.
The girl underwent surgery and was "in critical condition," Sheriff County Polady Grady Judd told a news conference.
The shooting happened just before midnight on Friday as three men were watching a basketball game in Lakeland, he said. One of them, later known as Kevonte ’Wilson, 23, allegedly brought a loaded firearm .380 and hid it in the cushions of the sofa where the children were playing, the police chief said.
The three grabbed the girl and rushed her to hospital by car but were "given a bonus" by the driver who turned around in front of them on the road, injuring everyone inside, Judd said.
"At that time the good Samaritan was standing," he said. "And the good Samaritan took the child and the man to the hospital."
The elderly people who have been in the car since treatment have been released, Judd said.
He said he could not identify the children's parents under Florida law. The mother was not visiting her sister at the time, she said.
The owner, Chad Berrien, 24, is facing charges of possession of dagga and maintenance of a drug house after a search warrant allegedly turned out to be marijuana and goods, Judd said.
Barrien is clearly not guilty, he said.
"It just seems to be a very serious accident, a tragedy that should not have happened," Judd said.
Wilson faces charges of failing to keep a firearm safe, possessing a concealed firearm and possession of marijuana, he said. He could face other allegations as the investigation continues, Judd said.A third man watching basketball has not been arrested.The three grabbed the girl and rushed her to hospital by car but were "given a bonus" by the driver who turned around in front of them on the road, injuring everyone inside, Judd said.
At that time the good Samaritan was standing, he said. And the good Samaritan took the child and the man to the hospital.
The boy is buried with his grandmother. "A three-year-old child will not be charged," Judd said.