ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)
Three children are back at home after a shooting incident. Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Office said it happened at a house on Alrix Drive around 10 p.m. on Sunday. The young victims were sent to Arnold Palmer Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
"They were playing and a kid from the neighborhood came over and had a gun," explained Mary Digivani. "All of a sudden, I heard my daughter screaming, 'Mom! Mom! Mom!' We came outside, and she went from down there where it happened, to up there to there, and there was a pool of blood."
Digivani said her 7-year-old daughter fractured her foot. "I touched it and saw blood on my hand and ran up here," she said. Her 9-year-old son had burn marks on the side of his face. "I was too close to the gun, and I got burned with the gun powder," he said. One of Digivani's other sons was also injured. "My 13-year old was shot in the hand. There's a graze in the palm, the bullet went into the finger, hit the hand and hit his finger. Fractured his finger. One bullet all that damage."
Investigators said the group of kids were hanging out in a driveway when one a 15-year-old boy in the neighborhood came over and started showing off the gun. Digivani said her 18-year-old son was able to stop the armed teenager. "My son lunged at him to stop at him, and the kid turned the gun at my son and shot at my son," she said. "Thank goodness the bullet, I'm told, jammed in the gun. My son proceeded to hold him there till the Orange County Sheriff's Department took him into custody at that point."
Deputies charged the teenager with aggravated battery and assault. They said theye were able to retrieve the gun. "I think he needs some help," Digivani said. "My husband would probably disagree, but everybody deserves a second chance."
Deputies said this is an ongoing investigation.