Florida police: 8-year-old boy accidentally shoots 2-year-old girl, kills 1-year-old baby

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed a 1-year-old girl and injured a 2-year-old girl at a Florida motel on Sunday, authorities said.

The boy’s father left the gun holstered in the closet of his motel room in Pensacola. After leaving the room, her son found her and fired a bullet that went through and killed the baby and hit the toddler, Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons told a news conference Monday. The children who were shot belonged to the father’s girlfriend.

The toddler should recover, Simmons said.

The boy’s father returned to the room, took the gun and what investigators believe was drugs and left the room again, Simmons said. He is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of culpable negligence in storing a firearm near a minor resulting in injury, tampering with evidence and failure to store of a firearm as required.

He was arrested and later released on $41,000 bond.



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