16-year-old wounded after 17 shots fired into DeLand home, police say

Boy shot in both legs; parents unharmed, police say

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

DeLAND, Fla. - A 16-year-old was wounded early Tuesday when someone fired into his DeLand home in a drive-by shooting, police said.

At least 17 shots were fired into the house at 715 Wright Court around 3:15 a.m., police said.

DeLand police said officers found the teen suffering from gunshot wounds to both of his legs.

"My son's been shot in my house," the teen's mother said in a 911 call.

"Who shot him?" the dispatcher asked.

"We don't know. The shots just came through the window," the mother said.

DeLand Police Chief Jason D. Umberger said it was fortunate that the teen's parents were not injured.

"It could have been much worse," he said.

The teen was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach in stable condition, police said. His injuries are not considered life-threatening, but will require surgery, Umberger said.

"He's a good kid," the victim's grandfather, Bo Davenport said. "A good kid and a good student in school."

Police said it's not known who shot into the home, but they believe the teen was targeted because of the area of the home targeted by the gunman.

"We're exploring every reason why someone might have wanted to fire rounds at him," the chief said of the shooter and victim's relationship.

DeLand police have responded to the address of the shooting eight times in two years, including for Tuesday's shooting, records show.

"We just had a conversation last night and he didn't tell me anything was wrong with him," davenport said. "Nobody was after him or had any issues or anything."

Umberger said the shooter could have been on foot and was likely carrying a "high-powered weapon."

No other details have been released. The investigation is ongoing.

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