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Woman speaks out after 12-year-old grandson shot in Daytona Beach: 'This has to stop'

1 dead, 2 injured in triple Daytona Beach shooting, police say


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The grandmother of a 12-year-old boy who was injured Saturday night in a shooting police said left one man dead and another one injured is speaking out about violence.

Daytona Beach police said the triple shooting took place just before 11 p.m. in the 600 block of Jean Street, and the woman whose grandson was shot in the crossfire said she wants incidents like that to stop.

The boy's grandmother, who did not want to be identified, said Sunday that the shooting took place hours after she watched people across the world participate in rallies that protested gun violence.

She said it was ironic that her grandson would be shot in his shoulder the same day that gun-related violence was a major topic of discussion, but that she believes it shows people just how much of an issue it is.

"Just yesterday, I'm looking on TV and seeing all the young people marching and all of the marches around the world about the gun violence and shootings and everything else. And here, my grandson is now a victim of it," the woman said.

She said this isn't the first incident she's seen in the area that has left her feeling uneasy.

"it's just not a safe environment to me, in my opinion. It's not a safe environment to bring up kids. Too many things going on late here at night."

The woman said she wants a heavier police presence and curfews put in place overnight before something happens.

"People are not safe out here," she said. "If you're going to be shooting out like you in the Golden Corral somewhere or the wild wild west, bullets could have went through a building out here and maybe hit some other innocent child or innocent person."

The boy's grandmother, who believes the child was hit by a stray bullet, said she still isn't sure what led up to the shooting or who the shooter was, but that her family is struggling as they search for answers.

"Please come forward and turn yourself in. You might not have meant to do what you did. but you still have people out here that are suffering right now -- the young man who lost his life, No. 1, and No. 2, the other two victims, which one is my grandson," the woman said.

The woman reiterated her message to the shooter, asking them to come clean to authorities so that families can get closure.

"Just turn yourself in. You shot a person, killed one, shot a couple other people. This has to stop, This can't continue," she said.

The boy was in stable condition Sunday morning at Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, but could need to undergo surgery in the future because his lung may have been punctured in the incident, his grandmother said.

Daytona Beach said Sunday afternoon that the shooting took place around 10:36 p.m. after an argument broke out between three men.

One man shot the two others and the 12-year-old boy, who was walking by them in the parking lot, police said.

The injured man was taken to Halifax Hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to his shoulder, according to police. The other victim died at the scene.

The shooting is still under investigation. Authorities have not identified the victims or any possible suspects.

 No other details have been released.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this story.


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