19-year-old arrested in shooting of 14-year-old boy in DeLand

Victim suffers non-life-threatening injuries

By Jack Roskopp - Graham Media Group

DeLAND, Fla. - A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of shooting his 14-year-old cousin at a home in DeLand, police said.

Victor Franklin Jr. was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery in the Sunday shooting, which was reported at 6:11 p.m. on West Hubbard Avenue.

The victim was shot in the chest and suffered a non-life-threatening injury, police said. He was taken to Halifax Hospital and later released, according to DeLand police. Officials initially identified the victim as a 15-year-old.

The boy said he was in a bedroom when Franklin pointed a gun at him and asked him about a glove, according to police. The boy said he didn't know what Franklin was talking about, and he put the gun to his head, according to police.

The boy said he swatted the gun away and he was then shot in the chest, a police report stated. The boy said his cousin always carries a gun and jokes a lot by pointing the gun at people, but he believes Franklin intentionally shot him, according to police.

Franklin denied pointing the gun at the boy and said the weapon fired as he was showing the gun to him, according to police.

Others in the home said they heard the gunshot but did not witness the shooting.

Franklin ran away after the shooting, but turned himself in to authorities with his parents the next day, police said.

Franklin said he found the gun three days earlier and wanted to sell it, according to police. Franklin said he threw the gun into the woods when he ran off, but it has not been located, according to police.

Franklin is being held on a $20,000 bond.

Victor Franklin Jr.

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