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Florida man arrested after unattended 9-year-old accidentally shot by child, police say

A 9-year-old girl was shot by an older sibling Saturday afternoon while their family was target shooting in Titusville, authorities said.
A 9-year-old girl was shot by an older sibling Saturday afternoon while their family was target shooting in Titusville, authorities said.

Credit: 2019 Cox Media Group

Credit: 2019 Cox Media Group

Police in Titusville, Florida, said a man was arrested after a 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot Saturday afternoon.

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Police said Titusville resident Dustin Adkins, 34, was arrested and is now facing charges including aggravated child neglect with great bodily harm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Adkins is on probation for manslaughter involving the shooting death of a child, police said.

The shooting occurred as four young juveniles were with an adult relative target shooting in the woods near State Road 407 and I-95, authorities said.

Police said that at some point, the adult left the children unsupervised, and the 9-year-old girl was shot by a sibling accidentally while the sibling was shooting at a target.

"It is outrageous that this adult provided firearms and ammunition to these young children," said Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson. "Especially given his past arrest and conviction."

Police said the family transported the child to the hospital.

The child was critically injured and is in stable condition, officers said.

After a lengthy search, officers found several firearms on a trail hidden under a disposed tire in the wooded area, officials said.

No other details were made available.