OCALA, Fla. - An Ocala teen is accused of shooting a 5-year-old in the leg with a BB gun, authorities said.
The Ocala Star-Banner reported Tuesday that the 17-year-old boy was arrested on a felony child abuse charge.
Deputies said the child had a red welt on his thigh, but didn't require medical attention.
The boy told them he was playing with friends when the teen approached, Marion County Sheriff's deputies said.
According to an incident report, the teen said he shot the boy because he "felt like it," and because the boy didn't believe the gun was real. But he said he didn't mean to harm the child.
The gun was recovered at the home of one of the teen's friends.
The teen was taken to a juvenile detention facility.
His name was not released.