JCSO: Child in Critical Condition After Accidental Shooting

MARIANNA, Fla. - Last Friday, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at an apartment on Townhouse Drive in Marianna.

The 911 call advised dispatch of an accidental shooting.

When law enforcement arrived, they found a six year old boy  had been struck by a bullet.

"During the investigation it was determined that a family member had accidentally fired the handgun," said Captain Scott Edwards, Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office.

Officials said the child was alert and talking when first responders arrived.

He was taken to the citizens lodge in Marianna where a Life Flight helicopter then took him to Pensacola.

"The child was airlifted and transported to sacred heart, where he is reported to be in critical condition," said Captain Edwards.

Earlier this month, another accidental shooting took place in Jackson County, injuring an eight year old girl.

The sheriff's office is concerned that citizens are not handling weapons properly.

"I mean we know accidents happen, but again, it's very important to keep them locked up, away from children and people that don't know anything about guns," said Captain Edwards.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is planning to start a campaign to educate people on gun safety, in the near future.

During the investigation, the mother's boyfriend, Jaquarius M. White was arrested and charged with felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the sheriff's office, White is not the one who fired the weapon in this case.

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