Young man accidentally shot in arm in Miami, police say

Victim, 18, taken to hospital in stable condition

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Todd Tongen - Anchor/Reporter

MIAMI - An 18-year-old man was accidentally shot in the arm Friday morning in Miami, authorities confirmed.

The shooting was reported at a home at 28 NW 24th Ave.

Sky 10 was above the scene at 10:45 a.m. as a group of people, who police said were teens from Miami Senior High School, were sitting on the ground outside the home.

Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat said the teens were all inside the home with the victim when the shooting occurred. 

Police blocked off the area with crime scene tape as they investigated the shooting. Authorities said it appears the gun was accidentally discharged and the victim was shot in the forearm. 

The victim was taken by Miami Fire Rescue officials to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

Although authorities believe the shooting was accidental, one person who lives at the home where the shooting occurred was detained.

"The reason why we have detained him is 1: He is the person that shot and 2: We don't know what he was doing when he was handling the gun. We don't know if he was cleaning the gun or racking the gun."

Miami police said this is a good reminder to adults and teens to observe gun safety practices.

"Anytime you are handling a firearm, it is always important to do it when you are alone," Fallat said. "You need to do it in a safe location."

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