3-year-old shot on Westside; non-life threatening injures

This is the fifth time this year a child under the age of 13 has been shot in Jacksonville.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reported that a three-year-old was shot and sustained non-life threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon.

The incident happened inside a home in the 9200 block of Whisper Glen Drive. Police responded around 12:09pm. The child was transported to an area hospital and was recovering Wednesday night. Detectives from the Aggravated Battery and Crime Scene Unit with JSO conducted an on-scene investigation until approximately 4:30pm. As of Wednesday, JSO confirmed no arrests had been made and the investigation remained active. The adult in the home at the time of the incident was not the child's mother, JSO tweeted Wednesday night.

Neighbors in the area say the family living in the home had recently moved in.

Five in five months, two in one week

This incident is the fifth child shooting in Jacksonville this year. 

Police continue to investigate the Sunday shooting injury of a 5-year-old on the Westside who was home with relatives. 

A 12-year-old attending a sleepover was shot in the head and critically wounded on April 30 after an 11-year old with mental health challenges located a gun in an abandoned house.  

On February 4, an 8-year-old accidentally shot and killed his sister, 5, and injured a playmate, 4, in a Northside apartment.

While circumstances surrounding Wednesday's shooting remain unconfirmed, Whisper Glen neighbors say more should be done to prevent children from gaining access to firearms. 

A 2011 Florida law requires firearms be kept in a "securely locked box," secure location, or with a trigger lock if a minor can gain access to it. Violators of this statute face a second degree misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to 60 days in jail. 

No adults in any of the five incidents have been charged under the 'safe storage' law. Maurice Mobley was arrested for illegally possessing as a convicted felon the weapon that killed 5-year-old Serenity Allen in the February 4 child shooting on the Northside. 

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