11-year-old accidentally shot while playing with gun in Sarasota, detectives work to identify gun owner

Shooting Investigation

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Deputies say an 11-year-old boy was accidentally shot while playing with a gun in Sarasota Sunday afternoon.

It happened around 3:45pm on the 3000 block of McCloud Circle. Deputies say an 11-year-old boy was playing with a gun found in the home along with a 12-year-old boy.

A some point, the gun discharged. The bullet went through the 11-year-old’s cheek.

The boy was flown to Tampa General Hospital and though he has not yet been released, the sheriff’s office says he is expected to recover.

At this point, it’s unclear how the gun was fired and deputies are still investigating who the gun belongs to. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 941-861-4900.

The sheriff’s office says charges are pending.

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