A teenage boy is in critical condition after receiving a gunshot wound at a Kendall home Wednesday, police said.
The teenager was taken to Miami Children’s Hospital after a firearm was discharged at a home near SW 118th Avenue and 99th Lane in Kendall, Miami-Dade Police said.
Police said two other kids and an adult were home at the time. They are questioning everyone who was there and they are all cooperating, police said.
"He was washing the car, my brother called me and said, he was outside, when I heard the shot,” family friend Jesus Perez said in Spanish.
Perez said his brother picked up two of the kids from school who are siblings. And now one of them is fighting for his life at the hospital.
“I think it was an accident. The boys are good kids,” Perez said.
Police would not say if the minors were handling the gun, and said it is too soon to determine the cause of the shooting.
But police spokesman Detective Alvaro Zabaleta did offer advice for parents.
"It’s very important for those that own firearms is to educate your teenagers and let them know the dangers that are involved in handling a type of gun,” Zabaleta said.
One parent coming home to the tragic news said she would have to have a serious conversation with her own children Wednesday night.
"I will explain exactly what happened, and it’s sad but they need to know this is the world we live,” said a woman who only wanted to give her first name, Tatiana.
"Yeah, always playing. Pretty good kids. Playing with the dogs outside, football and stuff. It just tragic what happened," said Marcio Mana.
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