Teen accidentally shot by family member

- A teenage girl was accidentally shot by a relative in Brevard County Sunday morning.

The sheriff's office told Fox 35 that they received a call for the shooting around 10:30 a.m. in the area of South Ridgewood Drive in unincorporated Cocoa.

The victim was transported to a hospital in critical condition after receiving life-threatening injuries.

Family friend Terry Hoffman knew the victim.

He said he remembered seeing her walking home from school everyday.

"We’ve known her since she was a baby," he said. "She walks every evening on her way home from school and she always speaks and waves. I just hope she’s OK."

Cody Rich, another neighbor, said he never heard the gunshot.

"That actually is pretty disturbing. I never heard any noises."

Deputies say a family member was showing another family member a firearm that had recently been purchased.

The firearm discharged, critically wounding the victim.

Deputies are still investigating.

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