5-year-old fired gun, shot himself and man in Casselberry, police say

Shooting happened on Jackson Court

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CASSELBERRY, Fla. – A 5-year-old boy and a man on Monday were both shot in Casselberry when the child picked up the firearm, according to police.

Officers responded to the shooting on Jackson Court, where the boy and 23-year-old were shot in their left legs.

In an update Tuesday, the police department said the gun belonged to Keevon Lawson, 27, who brought the firearm to the home and left it unattended while playing video games with other people in the house.

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The boy picked up the gun and fired it once, hitting himself in the left leg and the other victim in the left hip.

The child was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital, where he is in stable condition and undergoing surgery.

The 23-year-old victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and is in stable condition.

Lawson was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstruction of justice.

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