Rockledge police searched a neighborhood with dogs and assistance from the Brevard County sheriff’s office after an early morning report of a shooting involving a 14-year-old boy.
The shooting - which left the teen with a superficial wound to his leg - was later determined to be accidental, officials reported.
The incident was first reported about 8 a.m. today at a residence on Bayberry Lane, just west of Murrell Road.
“We received a call that someone had broken into a house,” said Donna Seyferth, spokeswoman for the Rockledge Police Department. “We’re still trying to determine who called. It may have been a neighbor. But there was nothing criminal. This was an accident,” Seyferth said.
Acting on the initial report, Rockledge patrol officers poured into the neighborhood, bringing search dogs and paging out the Brevard County sheriff’s helicopter to help comb the area for potential suspects as neighborhood children and parents looked on.
Officers interviewed the parents at the home and determined that the teen may have accidentally dropped the firearm. The family uses the weapon to hunt, officials report. No charges were filed.
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