A 12-year-old boy was airlifted to a hospital after he shot himself at a Parrish home on Wednesday afternoon, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
At about 3:40 p.m., deputies and paramedics were dispatched to the 4700 block of 100th Drive East, in the Harrison Ranch subdivision, to a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to a child.
The boy is reported to have shot himself in the head. The parents called 911 and performed CPR until first responders arrived.
Deputies blocked traffic on U.S. 301 East between the 9600 and 9800 blocks near the Faith Lutheran Church so that an Aeromed medical transport helicopter could land. The boy, meanwhile, was being treated by paramedics in an ambulance that was standing by.
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As of about 5:30 p.m., the boy was being prepared for surgery.
The boy, who is home-schooled, was home with his mother and father at the time of the shooting, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Randy Warren. The caliber of the gun and how the boy got access to the gun were not yet known or made public.
The shooting will prompt a separate investigation by the sheriff’s office Child Protection Investigation Division, which handles all child welfare cases in Manatee County for the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Child protection investigators have been to the family’s home before. In 2016, an allegation of lack of supervision was investigated but later determined to be unfounded.
There were no other children home at the time of the shooting, but it was unclear if the boy had any siblings.
This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.