10-year-old boy shot in head in Daytona Beach, police say

Boy taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A 10-year-old boy who was shot in the head while playing with a gun with his friend over the weekend remains in critical condition Monday, according to Daytona Beach police.

The shooting happened Saturday night in a bedroom of a home at 212 S. Keech St.

The boy was taken to Halifax Medical Center before being transferred to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando, where he remains in critical and unstable condition.

According to Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri, a 14-year-old boy went to the home and was let in by his cousin. The cousin said she didn't see anyone else enter the home, but the teen and his friend, the 10-year-old, somehow gained access to the handgun, which was in a dresser drawer inside a locked bedroom, Capri said.

The gun discharged while the boys were playing with it, and a bullet struck the 10-year-old in the head, Capri said.

Capri said no charges are expected to be filed against the teen or the homeowners, calling the shooting a "tragic incident."

"Please keep this family and child in your thoughts and prayers," Capri said.

Capri also urged parents to talk to their children about the dangers of guns.

"Kids like to get into stuff, especially boys, so you've got to teach kids that guns are dangerous," he said. "I have young kids, so I'm hyper-vigilant about that."

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