Jaelin Tippo Hope (17), was arrested Tuesday after a 5-yearold boy was critically wounded and shot. According to a press releaseThe Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is located in Florida.
According to the release, shots were fired following an argument Tuesday night between the 17-year-old and the 5-year-old’s father.
According to a sheriff’s statement, a 5-year old suffered a gunshot injury and was taken to Gainesville Hospital for surgery. A 8-year-old passenger in the same vehicle sustained minor injuries from shattered glasses.
According to the statement, deputies said that the child was stable but in critical condition at the time of their last check.
According to the release, the child’s father said he thought the teenager had flagged him down as he was driving, so he turned the vehicle around. The father said that an argument began when he pulled up to the 17-year-old, and the teen pulled out a gun, according to the sheriff’s office statement.
The child’s mother said the teen appeared to be walking away but then she heard gunshots, according to the sheriff’s statement.
Authorities claim that the 5-year-old child was shot in the car. His father drove him to State Road 20/Keuka Road and met emergency personnel.
According to the release, the teen was located later in the evening and was arrested on three felony charges — one count of aggravated battery, three counts of aggravated assault, and one count of firing a missile into a vehicle.
The sheriff’s office stated that the teen was taken to the Putnam County jail before being transported to a Department of Juvenile Justice facility, according to the release.