Boy, 9, grazed by bullet while riding along I-95

At least 1 person was shooting on private land near interstate, sheriff says

By Jerry Askin - Reporter

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. - A 9-year-old boy was grazed in the head by a bullet Sunday while riding in a truck on Interstate 95, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said.

His family said the boy is home now, recovering. 

The child’s uncle, Kevin Pollock, was driving at the time. ‚Äč

Pollock was heading south on I-95 about 3 p.m. when his passenger windows “blew out,” the Sheriff’s Office said. 

When Pollock realized what had happened, he pulled off the interstate at the Fiske Boulevard exit. 

"I'm riding and you hear this 'pop,' so I’m thinking my tire (busted), until I look in my rear-view mirror and I see my window shattered," Pollock said.

The boy was riding in the back seat. Four kids were in the truck when the gunshots came through, Pollock said. 

The 9-year-old was flown to an Orlando hospital as a precautionary measure. Pollock said the boy was doing well; on his feet, walking and talking.

"Blood (was coming) out of his head (and) I’m trying to get on and off 95," said Pollock, recalling the incident.

The Sheriff’s Office believes it has identified the person or people responsible.

There were people shooting on private land on Tucker Lane, which runs parallel to the interstate, deputies said, adding that they believe it was one of those bullets that hit the truck.

“I just want to know why would you do that,” Pollock said. “Why? What would make you shoot onto I-95? You could have killed my nephew.” 

Deputies are still in the preliminary stages of their investigation, but they said there’s not an active shooter situation, and no one was targeting the interstate.

At last check, authorities said two people were taken in for questioning. There's no word on any possible charges. 

The Pollock family was headed to a birthday party at the time of the shooting.

"Somethings you can’t do, and that’s one," Pollock said. "You just can’t do stuff like that."

Stay with News 6 for more on this developing story. 

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