The older boy, 16, was home alone on Friday when the younger sibling arrived at the house. Concerned that someone had broken in, the older boy picked up a gun.
“He heard some noises and he called out for his brother and he didn’t answer and so then his brother startled him,” said Orlando Police Department Detective Mike Moreschi.
Realizing his mistake, the older brother immediately called authorities.
“He’s devastated, obviously,” Moreschi added, “His parents are devastated by what happened and it’s just a really bad situation for the family.”
Police determined that the shooting was an accident. Neither brother has been named.
It is unclear where the teen got the gun and the family is cooperating fully.