A Florida boy, 16, was killed this week after he and at least two others
took turns shooting one another while wearing body armor, officials said.
Joshua Vining and Colton Whitler, both 17, were arrested Thursday and are
being tried as adults in connection with the shooting incident Sunday in
Belleview (about 70 miles northwest of Orlando), where Christopher Leroy
Broad Jr. was killed, according to the Belleview Police Department.
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Officers said they responded to a dispatch call where they found the boy
in the residence with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital where he
later died, police said.
A video of the incident was recorded by 18-year-old Evan Vowell, who was
allegedly at the home at the time of the incident, and later provided the
video to law enforcement, Click Orlando reported.
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Vowell told police that Vining initiated the shooting game after he
produced a firearm and a bulletproof vest, asking if they "had ever seen
anyone get shot with a bulletproof vest on," officials said.
Investigators determined Vowell’s statement to be true after Whitmer
initially misled police, saying "my house just got shot up, my friend got
shot in the chest," according to affidavits before he called the police.
In a later statement, Whitler said Vowell shot Broad Jr., but the evidence
did not support this claim, police said.
Police charged Vining with aggravated manslaughter of a child with a
firearm and Whitler was charged with providing false information to law
enforcement, both as adults.