Orlando Teen Mistakes Younger Brother for Intruder, Fatally Shoots Him

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot in his home on Friday when his older brother mistook him for an intruder.

The Orlando 16-year-old was home alone when his younger brother came home in the middle of the day.

Police say the shooting was an accident.

“He heard some noises and he called out for his brother and he didn’t answer and so then his brother startled him,” Det. Mike Moreschi of the Orlando Police Department told WFTV-TV.

Fearing it was an intruder, the 16-year-old grabbed a gun and shot his brother. When he realized his mistake, he immediately called 911.

The 12-year-old was rushed to Arnold Palmer Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

“He’s devastated, obviously,” Moreschi said. “His parents are devastated by what happened and it’s just a really bad situation for the family."

The teen and his parents were brought in for questioning and released a short time later. Police said the teen was not charged in the killing. The state’s attorney will review the case for possible negligence. Authorities did not know where the teen got the legally-owned gun.

"All I can say is it's so scary," neighbor Julia Bracey told WFTV. "It's heartbreaking I can't imagine what the parents are going through right now."

(NY Daily NewsABC News)