14-year-old arrested after shooting teenager on Flagler bike trail with BB rifle, deputies say

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. — Deputies in Flagler County arrested a 14-year-old boy who is accused of shooting another teen with a BB rifle.

Deputies said the 15-year-old victim was shot once in the abdomen on Thursday while walking home along a bike trail from football practice at Matanzas High School.

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According to a report, the victim was walking with another teen when they were yelled at by another teen from his residence.

Deputies said the 14-year-old was shouting at the two juveniles from a screened-in patio, telling them to leave the area and go home.

The two juveniles continued along the bike trail when a juvenile approached them with a rifle, later determined to be a BB gun, and fired the shot, deputies said.

Deputies said after the teen was shot he fell to his knees.

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According to a report, after shooting the teen, the 14-year-old ran back inside his house while laughing.

The victim went home and was later taken to a hospital for medical attention for non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies said they questioned the juvenile suspect who said he told them to “go home” and when they didn’t leave, he grabbed a BB gun to scare them. “This young man is on a fast track to serious trouble,” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly. “His actions could have caused serious injury, and I’m glad the victim is going to be OK. I hope this kid learns his lesson and can get on the right path moving forward. Also, parents are reminded that under Florida law the only time a child under age 16 may use a BB or pellet gun is if they are under the supervision and in the presence of an adult.”

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The 14-year-old was arrested and is being charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery causing bodily harm.

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