Police in Taunton, Massachusetts, said that a 13-year-old boy was arrested after shooting a 12-year-old following a dispute on Facebook, CBS Boston reported.
“As I understand it may have been a form of bullying that had taken place, maybe via Facebook,” said Taunton Police Lt. Paul Roderick.
The suspect and the victim live close by one another.
The 13-year-old apparently felt threatened and went home, went to his mom’s locked gun cabinet, and took out a .22 caliber rifle, local officials said.
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“They engaged in an argument in the backyard, at which time he went into the house, obtained the weapon, and as the argument ensued, he fired one shot,” Roderick told the Boston Herald.
The boy found the victim in a wooded area and shot him in the arm. The bullet became lodged in his chest.
After the shooting, police found the 13-year-old boy nearby.
The victim was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and is now in stable condition.
The teen suspect was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a weapon within 500 feet of a dwelling, The Associated Press reported.