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.
The teen who was shot is listed in critical but stable condition at a local hospital, deputies said.
A 17-year-old male was injured in an accidental shooting reported this evening at a @CityofDeltonaFL park.— Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) October 1, 2023
Deputies responded to the shooting around 6:15 p.m. and determined it occurred in a car at Three Island Nature Park off Brewster Drive. 1/
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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