Police end search for 14-year-old who fled after accidentally shooting his 13-year-old cousin
Victim and shooter attend Bay Point Middle
Kristal Roberts , Alex Hobson
7:35 PM, Oct 29, 2013
1:56 PM, Oct 30, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A 14-year-old boy turned himself in to St. Petersburg Police after he accidentally shot his 13-year-old cousin in the chest at the victim's home.
The victim's mother said she was at the family home, located at 3917 Elkcam Blvd SE, in the kitchen when she heard a gunshot. She quickly found that her daughter Danajha Jackson, 13, had been wounded while standing in her bedroom.
Police said the 14-year-old accidentally fired the gun while he was attempting to unload it in an adjoining bathroom. Officers examining the scene noted that a single bullet passed through a bedroom wall from the adjoining bathroom.
The mother gathered the children in the home, including her daughter and the cousin, to head to the hospital. During the drive, the mom became involved in a minor hit and run accident, which is also being investigated.
After arriving at All Children's Hospital, police say the boy walked away from the rest of the family. The hospital was placed on lockdown while a search was conducted.
"The first thing you want to do is secure your premises, make sure your hospital is safe and that's what we did," said Roy Adams, public information officer for All Children's Hospital.
The lockdown was lifted after less than an hour after staff confirmed there was no danger to the hospital.
"We took the actions we needed to take to make sure our hospital was safe," Adams said.
The boy turned himself in to police at about 5:00 a.m. Wednesday with help from his step-father.
After being interviewed, he was released back to the custody of his family.
Detectives are trying to find the individual responsible for providing the firearm, which has still not been located.
The 13-year-old girl underwent surgery successfully and is listed in serious, but stable, condition. She is expected to survive her injuries.