Police Arrest Woman For Failing To Secure Firearm, 13-Year-Old Son Uses Gun To Shoot Two Teens

By  //  May 23, 2018

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Brenda Maldonado, 33, arrested

Police say the woman has been identified as 33-year-old Brenda Maldonado. She has been charged with Culpable Negligence and unsafe storage of a Firearm. (BCSO Image)

**UPDATE**BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay police have arrested a woman for failing to properly secure her firearm that resulted in her 13-year-old son taking her firearm and using it to shoot two children on Saturday.

Police say the woman has been identified as 33-year-old Brenda Maldonado. She has been charged with Culpable Negligence and unsafe storage of a Firearm.

“Detectives determined Maldonado was the owner of the firearm and failed to take proper measures to secure the weapon allowing her 13-year-old son access,” said Lt. Steve Bland of the Palm Bay Police Department.

Maldonado is currently being held at the Brevard County Jail on a $55,000 bond.

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BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay Police have released more information on the shooting that seriously injured two children on Saturday.

The suspect has been identified as a 13-year-old boy.

The report says officers received a 911 call around 5:47 p.m. about a shooting that injured two people on the 1400 block of Rila St. SE in Palm Bay.

When officers arrived, they found the two children shot and transferred them immediately to a nearby hospitals for treatment.

“One of the victims was later transferred to Arnold Palmer Hospital,” according to a Palm Bay Police spokesperson.

“The victims are both listed in serious but stable condition.”

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The suspect was located and taken into custody by police, shortly after officers arrived on scene.

Officers say they recovered a semi-automatic handgun that they believe was used to carry out the shooting.

The teen suspect has been charged with Attempted Murder, Occupied Burglary and Possession of a Firearm under 21. More charges could be forthcoming as the investigation progresses.

A motive for the shooting is still under investigation by investigators.

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ABOVE MAP: The report says officers received a 911 call around 5:47 p.m. about a shooting that injured two people on the 1400 block of Rila St. SE in Palm Bay.

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