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

Sunday, March 18, 2012

10-year old Florida boy shot by stray bullet shot by 17-year old

Jamel Brown, age 10
10-year old Jamel Brown was playing basketball outside his home when 17-year old Macathy Briere came up and started arguing with Jamel's older brother.  Macathy then pulled out a gun and shot at the older brother, but instead hit and injured Jamel.

From the article and news video:
According to police and the family of 10-year-old Jamel Brown, Briere and one of Brown's brothers were involved in an argument just outside the Brown family's apartment at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday  night when Briere left and returned with a handgun.
Briere fired the handgun four or five times, hitting 10-year-old Jamel Brown in the buttocks, before he fled the scene, police said.
Jamel was taken to the hospital for treatment. On Monday he was playing basketball outside his family's home and said he was feeling good.
Shooter Macathy Briere, age 17
But when the shooting happened, Jamel said he was having trouble breathing, and his mother, Felicia Day, said she was very scared and nervous.
"I thought he really (got) hit somewhere (that) probably could hurt him real bad, kill him or something," she said. "I'm real blessed because it could have been worse. He could have been dead."
Police located Briere after an investigation, and he was identified by the person he shot at, the arrest report said. He later confessed to the shooting and was taken to the Miami-Dade Juvenile Assessment Center, according to the report.
(a related article)

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