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Detectives search for shooter of 7-year-old boy in Broward

'I was in the pool and then like something hit my arm,' shooting survivor says
'I was in the pool and then like something hit my arm,' shooting survivor says

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Seven-year-old Jason Puentes left Broward Health on Monday with a bandaged arm and a survival story to tell. Doctors removed a bullet from his arm.

His mother, Mayra Soto, said she was grateful he was alive. Jason was swimming about 8:30 p.m. during a Fourth of July party at his grandmother’s house in Fort Lauderdale.

“So I was in the pool, and then like something hit my arm and then I was like bleeding a lot,” Jason said, adding it “hurted.”

Soto thinks a stray bullet struck her son. Nearby, bullets damaged a neighbor’s windshield and damaged another car. Detectives said the bullet that struck Jason’s arm could have been fired from a mile away.

“I can’t believe it actually happened, I see it on the news all of the time but I didn’t think it would happen to us.” Soto said.

Jason’s mother also has a message for the shooter: “Just to be careful because that bullet has to come down and you don’t know who you’re hurting like it hurt my son.”


About the Author:

Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.