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6-year-old grazed by bullet after 4-year-old fires weapon, Tampa police say

There were no serious injuries sustained in the shooting, police said.
The child was hospitalized but was not seriously injured.
The child was hospitalized but was not seriously injured. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Jun. 8
Updated Jun. 8

TAMPA — A six-year-old child was grazed by a bullet fired by a four-year-old at home, according to the Tampa Police Department.

The gun used in the shooting was left hidden under a sofa in the house at E Frierson Avenue. A 15-year-old, who is a friend of the children’s family, “appears” to be the owner of the gun, police said.

There were no other injures in the incident, police said. The six-year-old was grazed on the leg by the bullet and was hospitalized, but was not seriously injured.

Police did not release the identity of the children but said the two involved were related. A media release did not state whether adults were present at the time of the shooting.

Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren commented on the shooting Tuesday afternoon, saying in a tweet that his “anger-fueled tirade on gun safety and the gun violence epidemic does not lend itself to 280 characters.”

Warren added: “Thank God he’s alive.”