12-Year-Old Shot While Allegedly Attempting to Rob 17-Year-Old

A 12-year-old boy from California was shot after allegedly attempting to rob a 17-year-old at gunpoint. Once the suspect was released from the hospital, he was arrested and brought to the juvenile detention center, police said.

The alleged robbery gone wrong occurred on November 26 outside of a business in Cutler, California. When Tulare County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrived at the scene they found the 12-year-old suspect suffering from a gunshot wound.

According to police, the 12-year-old boy walked up to a car and allegedly attempted to rob the 17-year-old sitting in the driver seat. When the suspect pulled out a gun, the 17-year-old attempted to back out of the parking spot to leave the area.

As he began pulling out, the 12-year-old allegedly began shooting at the victim’s car.

“The victim then grabbed his own gun and fired one shot through his windshield, hitting the 12-year-old,” TCSO said in a statement. “The victim then immediately left the area to avoid further confrontation.”

According to police, the 12-year-old was treated at a local hospital for the gunshot wound and was released on December 16.

The suspect was immediately arrested on a warrant and brought to the Tulare County Juvenile Detentions Facility. He is being held at the facility without bond. The names of the victim and suspect have not been released.

TCSO is asking anyone with any knowledge regarding the case to contact Detective Nicholas Sandoval or Sergeant Bryan Clower. Individuals can contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 559-733-6218 and can remain anonymous by calling or texting 559-725-4194. Individuals are also encouraged to email any information to: tcso@tipnow.com.

In Georgia, a 12-year-old boy was taken into custody in connection to the shooting death of an 11-year-old.

The incident occurred on December 9 about 13 miles south of Atlanta in Riverdale, Georgia. When Clayton County Police Officers arrived at the scene, they found the 12-year-old suspect and an 11-year-old who “succumbed to injuries on the scene.”

According to police, the 12-year-old faces at least six charges including murder, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, possession of firearm during commission of a crime, possession of a firearm under 18, and cruelty to children in the first degree.

The investigation is still ongoing and police have not publicly released the names of the victim or suspect.

In the same county, a 12-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the face on November 30. According to Clayton County Police, the shooting occurred after police arrived to a home for a report of a domestic disturbance.

When police arrived at the scene, officers came under gunfire while attempting to help the boy and a woman. The injured boy was able to help officers locate the armed suspect in the house.

The suspect attempted to flee the scene but was stopped by officers. After an exchange of gunfire, the suspect was shot and killed by police, according to a statement.

The boy was transported to the hospital and was reported to be in critical but stable condition.

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A 12-year-old boy was shot after attempting to rob a 17-year-old near a business in Cutler, California. The suspect was released from the hospital and immediately arrested and brought to the juvenile hall.
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