Jacksonville police are investigating the shooting of a 5-year-old boy Sunday morning at a home on the Westside.
The boy suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was in critical condition when flown by helicopter ambulance to UF Health Jacksonville following the shooting about 10:30 a.m. in the 8500 block of Vining Street, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
He had been inside the home with two younger siblings and his father when shot, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The father told investigators he was inside a bedroom when he heard a gunshot from the living room. He ran out to find his son shot. The father said he then grabbed the boy, ran outside and down the street to his parents’ home and called 911, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities didn’t release the names of the victim or family.
Because it was early in the investigation, detectives hadn’t determined the circumstances of the shooting. The Sheriff’s Office is working with other agencies including the state Department of Children and Families on the case.
Sunday afternoon, neighbors said they didn’t know what happened but hoped the child would be all right.
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