2 teens shot in apparent gang violence in Orlando

Boys -- 13, 17 -- wounded in shooting


ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County deputies are searching for the young gunmen who shot and injured two unarmed teen boys, ages 13 and 17.


Sheriff Jerry Demings told Local 6 the ages of the victims and the violence should outrage parents.

The shooting started with an argument Thursday afternoon at the Millenia West Apartments on Fitness Circle in Orlando, said Demings.

The 17-year-old was shot in the abdomen and underwent surgery at the Orlando Regional Medical Center.  His condition was upgraded Friday from critical condition to stable, officials said.

The 13-year-old is recovering from a gunshot to his lower back and buttocks at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Demings expects both teens to survive.

Deputies said witnesses standing nearby saw teens open fire on the victims, adding that the 17-year-old ran across the street before he collapsed.

"I just heard a lot of yelling and commotion," said Jeremy Martz, who was nearby at the time. "It was like something was going on, like someone was fighting."

Deputies do not know what led to the shooting, but said the victims were unarmed and likely targeted by young gang members.

"Whenever children are carrying guns, that's an ingredient for failure," said Demings. "This is something to me that this community should be outraged about."

Demings said the victims and suspects all live nearby and he plans to continue efforts to stop gang-related crime in that neighborhood.