Florida Teen Shoots and Kills Sister During a Fight That Exemplifies Need for Stricter Gun Laws

A 14-year-old boy shot and killed his sister in Florida on Christmas Eve after she attempted to break up a fight between him and his brother, Jennifer Hassan reports for the Washington Post. The brothers were each in possession of a gun and during the argument the 14-year-old took out his gun and threatened to shoot his brother in the head. When the sister, Abrielle Baldwin, attempted to deescalate the situation, the 14-year-old, after allegedly threatening to shoot her and her baby, is accused of shooting Baldwin in the chest while she was holding her son in a carrier. While her baby was uninjured, Baldwin was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Seconds after the shooting, the 15-year-old brother came outside holding his own handgun and shot his younger brother in the stomach. The 14-year-old is in custody and in stable condition and his brother was arrested later as well after fleeing the scene. Prosecutors are reviewing the case and will decide whether to charge the 14-year-old as an adult with first-degree murder and the 15-year-old will be charged with attempted first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence after tossing his weapon into a yard nearby. “The problem is, we got way too many kids out there with way too many guns,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said, adding that he hoped gun laws would change. “We need to get serious, and we need to get tough.”

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