Orange County

12-year-old shot while playing video games inside Pine Hills apartment, family says

PINE HILLS, Fla. — A 12-year-old boy was playing video games inside his grandma’s apartment in Pine Hills when he was shot Sunday morning, his grandma said.

At around 11:50 a.m., deputies said they responded to the 5600 block of Pine Chase Drive in reference to a shooting.

Deputies said they found a 12-year-old boy who had sustained a gunshot wound to his stomach.

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The boy, Javen Maldonado, was taken to a local hospital and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

His grandmother, Phyllis Reed, said at least six buildings in Rolling Hills Apartments were hit by the gunfire.

“It was a random shooting and we were caught up in the crossfire,” she said.

Deputies said the suspects in the case are not known.

The investigation is ongoing.

Katlyn Brieskorn,

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.

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