COCOA, Fla. — A search is underway for a teenaged suspect after an accidental shooting left a 2-year-old boy dead at a mobile home park in Cocoa on Monday morning.
The toddler, identified as Bradyn Howard, was shot at Sunrise Village off Clearlake Road near Lake Drive.
At about 7:30 a.m., dispatchers received a 911 call reporting that a neighbor on Owosso Street was screaming and holding a small child who had been shot, police said.
A responding officer performed CPR on the boy, but he died at a hospital.
Police have been questioning witnesses but they have yet to find the gun or the person who was handling it at the time of the shooting. They said they believe the shooting was unintentional.
Investigators said several people were in the home when the boy was shot, and several teenagers were seen running away from the home after the shooting.
They are trying to determine if someone was mishandling the gun or showing it off when the boy was shot.
Police said the boy and his mother had been staying at the home where the shooting happened. Officers said the toddler’s father, Jaleen Howard, was shot and killed during a 2018 home invasion on Peachtree Street in Cocoa.
Officials have not named the shooter but that may change if he is not located or if he does not surrender himself to police.
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