A 10-year-old boy from Frostproof who was shot in the head with a BB gun has died.
Skylar Richardson was accidentally shot by his 13-year-old brother at close range last week. Investigators said the boys were recently given Daisy Powerline 880S BB/pellet guns and were firing at targets outside when the older brother accidentally shot his sibling.
Skyler was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital and late Wednesday night he died from his injuries, according to Polk County officials.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd called the death "a tragedy of monumental proportions."
Judd described the incident during a news conference on Thursday, saying the two siblings were using pump-action Daisy Powerline 880S BB/pellet guns. The sheriff said the boys were pumping the rifles to build up air pressure, then shooting the guns close to each other's heads so they could feel the blast of air; they thought they the guns were empty.
"Tragically, a BB was left in the gun. The 13-year-old shot the 10-year-old in the right temple, above the ear," Judd said. "We work several cases a year with children shot with BB guns. I can't in my memory ever remember that one ended up in a death, but this one has."
Investigators called this an accident, but wouldn't rule out charging either the older brother or the boys' mother, who was not directly supervising the boys while they were using the guns.
"Is it a tragedy? Yes. Is it heart-wrenching? Yes. Do we think it's an accident? Yes. But legally, it's a homicide now," the sheriff said.
Judd said children under 16 years old are not allowed to use BB guns without direct parental supervision.
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