Plant City 9 yr old boy shot after finding gun in home

Police say the mother had locked up the gun

The mother had padlocked the gun, but the boys took the door off its hinges.

Plant City, FL (WFLA) – A 9-year old boy was shot Wednesday afternoon at his home in Plant City.  Authorities say his injuries are serious but not life threatening.  Investigators tell us the 9-year old and his 11 and 13 year old brothers were home alone in their Turkey Tree Lane home.  Their mother and adult sister were at work.  The mother had her boyfriend’s 45-caliber handgun padlocked in her room according to deputies.

Detectives believe the boys took the door off its hinges, got the gun and went outside and shot it for 45 minutes. The boys them returned the gun to the home and left the room. At some point, the 9 and 11 year old went back into the room and the gun went off, hitting the younger child.  Authorities are continuing to investigate. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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