TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Two teens were arrested Thursday after authorities said they took turns shooting at each other while wearing a body armored vest.
The Belleview Police Department responded to a shooting call Sunday, April 3 from a home on the 10400 block of southeast 52nd Court. When they arrived, officers said they found 16-year-old Christopher Leroy Broad with a gunshot wound.
Broad was sent to the hospital where he ultimately died as a result of his injuries.
Over the course of several days, detectives discovered that two other boys, Joshua Vining, and Colton Whitler, both 17-years-old, were taking turns shooting at each other while wearing a vest that contained a form of body armor.
Officers said Vining shot and struck Broad while he was wearing the vest. According to a news release, Whitler was initially interviewed as a witness to the shooting but misled officials with inaccurate information about what took place and who shot Broad.
Vining was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child with a firearm. Whitler was also arrested in connection with the shooting for providing false information to law enforcement.
Both teens are being charged as adults.