Fourteen-year-old who opened fire at deputies referred to Grand Theft Auto

Fourteen-year-old who opened fire at deputies referred to Grand Theft Auto

A 14-year-old girl is seriously hurt after she and a 12-year-old boy allegedly armed themselves with stolen guns and opened fire on Florida deputies. The children, who reportedly ran away from a group home hours earlier, reportedly broke into an empty house on Tuesday night. The homeowner said it was stocked with an AK-47, a handgun, a shotgun, and a large amount of ammunition.

Deputies surrounded the home and tried to persuade the children into surrendering peacefully. The children, unfortunately, began shooting, allegedly with the homeowner’s guns. Deputies tried to call those who knew the children who could help negotiate, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said, and a sergeant threw his personal cell phone to the kids to try to make contact.

After allegedly firing at deputies for about 30 minutes, the 14-year-old girl then came out of the garage and allegedly pointed the shotgun at deputies twice. She was shot and wounded by a deputy, suffering life-threatening injuries, officials said. She’s in “critical but stable” condition. The boy, who wasn’t hurt, surrendered. 

The twelve-year-old later told investigators that the 14-year-old had said, “I’m gonna roll this down like GTA,” referring to the video game Grand Theft Auto. Both children were charged with attempted first-degree murder and armed burglary.

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