UPDATE (05-21-18): DeLand PD have charged 19-year-old Victor L. Franklin Jr. of Orange City with felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in connection to this incident. He’s being held on $20,000 bond at Volusia County Jail.
Officers say the 14-year-old victim has left Halifax Health Medical Center and that Franklin is the victim’s cousin.
According to the arrest report, a witness inside the home told DeLand PD the shooting happened in a bedroom. The report also shows that Franklin was arguing with the victim about a glove and that Franklin pointed the gun at the victim’s head just before he was shot in the chest.
The victim told police Franklin had pointed a gun at him a few days earlier during an argument about a cigar.
Franklin’s parents turned him in to police after he fled from the scene and he denied threatening his cousin over a glove or a cigar, per the arrest report. He claims he was showing the gun to his cousin and it went off.
Earlier reporting below.
DeLand, FL – A teenager is expected to pull through after he was shot at a home in southwest DeLand.
The DeLand Police Department was called to the scene at 6:11 last night, according to Sergeant Chris Estes.
“A male at the residence was found wounded and transported to the hospital where it has been determined that the injury is non-life threatening,” Estes added.
DeLand PD hasn’t said at this time what led to the shots fired.
“The person believed to be responsible for the shooting is in custody,” Estes noted. “Detectives are working at this hour to determine what happened.”
Detectives have not released any other information about this incident, including the identities of the victim and shooter, but it’s believed the victim is 14 years old and the shooter is 19 years old.
At least two other men have been shot in separate incidents in the same neighborhood this month, according to DeLand PD. One of those victims died at the hospital.
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