Teen Charged After Shooting Friend in Pembroke Pines: Police

A 16-year-old who police said shot his friend in the forehead has now been charged in the shooting.

The teen has been identified as a boy from Pembroke Pines. NBC 6 is not releasing his name, due to his age. He faces several charges including attempted manslaughter.

The shooting was reported around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 8200 block of Northwest 10th Street in Pembroke Pines.

According to the police report, the teen suspect retrieved a firearm hidden in his bed frame. He said he believed that he had removed the magazine containing five bullets, at which time he pointed the firearm at his 15-year-old friend's head and pulled the trigger.

Police said the bullet struck the victim in the face between his eyes, causing several facial fractures, leaving a bullet fragment behind his right eye, with an additional bullet fragment at the base of his skull.

The report then states the suspect left his bedroom and returned a few minutes later and called 911.

The suspect was arrested and while in police custody, officers said he admitted that he intentionally pulled the trigger of the firearm, which he believed was empty.

Police said the suspect also admitted he purchased the firearm from an unknown subject approximately two weeks ago for $230 and kept it hidden in his bedroom.

The victim had been transported to the hospital as a trauma alert, but was conscious and alert, according to police.

The suspect made an appearance in court Thursday, where he was ordered to remain in juvenile jail for 21 days. It's unknown if he has an attorney.

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