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Florida teenager killed as friends took turns shooting each other in body armor, police say


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A 16-year-old Florida boy was killed this week after he and at least two others took turns shooting at each other while wearing a body armor, officials said.

Joshua Vining and Colton Whitler, both 17, were arrested on Thursday and are on trial as adults in connection with the Sunday shooting in Belleview (about 70 miles northwest of Orlando), where Christopher Leroy Broad Jr. was killed, according to 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 hospital where he later died, police said.

Two arrested, Joshua Vining and Colton Whitler, in the shooting death of 16-year-old Christopher Broad Jr.
(Belleview Police Department)

Video of the incident was recorded by 18-year-old Evan Vowell, who was believed to have been at 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 started the shooting game after producing a gun and a bulletproof vest, asking if they ‘ever saw someone get shot in a bulletproof vest’ , officials said.

Investigators determined Vowell’s statement to be true after Whitmer initially misled police, saying ‘my house was just shot down, my friend was shot in the chest,’ according to affidavits before to call the police. In a later statement, Whitler said Vowell shot Broad Jr., but the evidence did not support that claim, police said.

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Police charged Vining with manslaughter of a child with a gun and Whitler was charged with providing false information to law enforcement, both as adults.

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