A 12-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl escaped from an orphanage in Florida on Tuesday. Then they broke into someone else’s house, where they found weapons. There were four shootings with police officers in 35 minutes.
A twelve-year-old boy and a fourteen-year-old girl have escaped from an orphanage in Florida. They broke into the house, where they found weapons. Then the shootout with the police began. | Video: Reuters
The girl was shot and injured when she aimed a shotgun at the police. A boy armed with an AK-47 assault rifle (Kalashnikov) eventually put down his weapon, according to a statement by the sheriff.
Footage from cameras mounted on police officers’ bodies showed law enforcement hiding behind trees as gunfire rang out. Then the girl is shot and treated. According to the authorities, she underwent surgery and her condition is stable.
Police are going to charge both children. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the girl had a record and was arrested last year for setting fire on several empty plots.
During a press conference, Chitwood told the local juvenile justice system that it was dysfunctional. He noted that violent juvenile offenders are often placed in children’s homes that cannot work with them.