JSO: Arrest made in shooting involving 8-year-old in Northwest Jacksonville

Ronald Blackman, 34, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and permitting gun access to a juvenile, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police made an arrest following the accidental shooting of an 8-year-old boy on Thursday in Northwest Jacksonville, authorities said.

Ronald Blackman, 34, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and permitting gun access to a juvenile, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

JSO responded to a call about a juvenile shot in the 2900 block of West 45th Street around 9 p.m. When police arrived, they learned that an 8-year-old had been shot by his 9-year-old friend inside the home.

Blackman is the father of the shooter, police said.

Both boys were playing with the shooter's 7-year-old brother in the back bedroom when the gun was fired, police said.

Following the shooting, all three boys ran out of the room and the 8-year-old was rushed to a local fire station by Blackman and the child's mother, JSO said.

The child was then taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery for non-life threatening injuries.

Police were able to locate the weapon following a search of the home. The .22 caliber Colt firearm was reported stolen on February 11.

Blackman was adjudicated on a felony charge of possession of over 20 games of marijuana in October 2013.

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