Teen injured, another arrested in ‘accidental shooting’ at Deltona park, deputies say

17-year-old victim listed in stable condition


VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A 17-year-old boy was injured in an accidental shooting at a Deltona park on Saturday evening, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said they responded around 6:15 p.m. to the Three Island Nature Park located at 2100 Brewster Drive in reference to a shooting.

According to a news release, deputies determined the shooting happened in a car at the park.

Deputies said a group of four teens, ages 17-19, were in a car at the park when they said one of them handled a gun in the back seat. The teen fired a shot into the front, passenger seat, striking the occupant in the back.

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The teen who was shot is listed in critical but stable condition at a local hospital, deputies said.

According to the release, the shooter, who is also 17, left the scene but was located, interviewed and later arrested to face charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed firearm, discharging a firearm in public and improper exhibition of a firearm.

The teen arrested — identified as Jeremie Cuevas, of Orange City — told investigators that he accidentally fired the gun when attempting to retrieve a cellphone from the same pocket on his person. The gun was discarded as he ran away and it has not been recovered at the time of this report, deputies said.

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