Child shot in head at Northside home remains in critical condition

Children got hold of firearm & it discharged, police say

By Corley Peel - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A child was rushed to a hospital in critical condition Monday after two children got hold of a firearm and the gun discharged, wounding one of the children in the head, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said it happened around 3 p.m. at a home on Alexandra Drive. The child was rushed to the hospital for treatment of a single gunshot wound.

The incident report indicated a female adult in the home left to go the store and 10 minutes later got a call from someone in the home, saying a child had been badly hurt.

The woman returned home and found Jacksonville firefighters preparing to transport the injured child to a hospital. 

The woman told police she had gone out to rent a carpet cleaner when she got the call. She said there were no guns inside of her home.

The report did not indicate where the children found the gun.

The children's ages were blacked out in the report, and it's unclear if an adult was in the home at the time.

Police said residents of the home were being interviewed. Police were also speaking with the other child who was in the room when the gun discharged.

Neighbors told News4Jax the house is a foster home and property records reflect that. Neighbors said the child who was wounded is a boy, but that information is also blacked out of the incident report.

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