Girl, 15, Shot in Pompano Beach, Teen Boy Charged: BSO

Girl shot in chest while walking down street with niece

A teen boy has been charged after a 15-year-old girl was shot in the chest in Pompano Beach Monday night, authorities said.

The 15-year-old boy is facing one count of aggravated battery with a firearm in the shooting which was reported around 5:49 p.m. in the 1800 block of Northwest 14th Circle, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

In juvenile court on Tuesday Judge Michael Orlando ordered the boy to spend the next 21 days in juvenile detention. He has another court hearing next Monday.

According to the BSO, the victim and her 14-year-old niece were walking in the area with two 15-year-old boys, who they know.

"These four kids were hanging out together and one of the boys, 15-year-old Demetrius, had a gun, he pulled it out, he pointed it at one of the girls and his friend said ‘Hey, don't you watch the news, that's dangerous, you can hurt somebody with that, put it away,’ and he pointed it at the other girl and next thing they knew, a shot was fired," BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella said. "Whether it's intentional, that's unclear at this point."

The victim was shot in the chest, the BSO said.

The girl and her niece were able to walk two blocks to a relative's house, where Pompano Beach Fire Rescue and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded. The girl was taken by air to Broward Health Medical Center.

Her injuries don't appear to be life threatening, the BSO said.

Detectives are seeking to determine how the boy got the gun, Moschella said.

"He told detectives that ‘Oh, I just found it,’ so it's just unclear at this point where that gun came from," she said.

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