Florida readers may have heard media coverage of a recent incident in which a 13-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his brother. While the boy survived, his brother now faces criminal charges connected to the shooting. The family is now having to struggle with the recovery of their younger child, but also handle the criminal defense needs of their older son. The case has been widely covered, and has led to a larger debate on the importance of gun safety and gun control.
The shooting was accidental, and law enforcement officials have no reason to believe that there was any malice or intent involved. Unfortunately, the older son made an impulsive decision to try to conceal the circumstances surrounding the incident, and initially lied to police. Both he and the younger brother told police that the boy was shot while at a nearby fairground. They claimed that the older brother came to pick the injured son up and transport him to the hospital.