BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (From Boca Raton PD) — On Saturday, August 8 at about 10:40 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to reports that a male had been shot at Boomer’s, 3100 Airport Road.
As officers arrived, witnesses pointed out a male running through the parking lot as the possible suspect. Officers apprehended the 16 year old, male juvenile without incident. The juvenile told officers he and a group of friends were near the go-cart’s when he took a .25 pistol from his front pants pocket intending to put it in his rear pocket when he inadvertently pulled the trigger, thereby shooting his friend in the leg. The juvenile told officers he then discarded the pistol in a trash can.
Officers located the 15 year old male victim, who had a gunshot wound in his calf. The victim was taken to Delray Medical Center for treatment.
Witnesses confirmed there was no altercation leading up to the shooting and the friends involved confirmed it. Two witnesses who saw the incident attempted to detain the subjects immediately after the shooting and were subsequently battered by a friend of the shooter and victim. The .25 pistol was recovered and officers learned the gun had been reported stolen in Delray Beach. Evidence recovered later indicated the gun was in the victim’s pocket with the shooting occurred.
The juvenile originally believed to be the shooter was charged with resisting arrest without violence and possession of a stolen firearm. Another male juvenile was charged with simple battery for hitting the witness.