Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

16 year old shot over bicycle

The shooter, Frank Quarles, age 15
A 16 year old Florida boy, Michael Robertson, was shot in a dispute over a bicycle by a 15-year old.

From the article:
The suspect then allegedly took his bicycle and returned 10 to 15 minutes later to confront Robertson again. He pulled the gun, a .38-caliber revolver, from his waistband and pointed it at Robertson, the affidavit said.
Robertson told the suspect he was not afraid of the gun. The suspect then fired the gun, and a bullet struck Robertson in the chest. He died while being taken to Delray Medical Center.
"I wish I had  never moved out here," Robertson's grandmother, Geraldine Robertson, said this afternoon, before the report was released. Her family moved to the Lantana area from Boynton Beach about two years ago.
"Bad luck came with me."
This wasn't bad luck. This was an intentional shooting.  All guns in the hands of a child first go through the hands of an adult.

UPDATE (2/11/12): The shooter was 15-year old Frank Quarles.

UPDATE (2/20/12):  Quarles is being charged as an adult.
Robertson's grandmother, Geraldine Robertson, also spoke to WPBF the day after the shooting and fought back tears while sharing harsh words.
"It was no accident," she said. "I want to kill him like he killed my grandson."
Robertson was shot in the chest, then ran home for help, but collapsed at the front door. He was rushed to a hospital, but died on the way there.

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