Teen killed after taking turns shooting at each other with friends

Florida boy, 16, is killed ‘after he and his friends took turns shooting each other while wearing bulletproof vests’

  • Colton Whitler and Joshua Vining, both 17, were arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting death of their friend, 16-year-old Christopher Leroy Broad Jr 
  • The two teens are being tried as adults, according to the Belleview Police Department 
  • Police said they found the boy inside the home with a gunshot wound before he was rushed a nearby hospital, where he later died 
  • Vining allegedly initiated the deadly game after bringing out a bulletproof vest and a handgun, Vowell told authorities
  • Vining has since been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child with a firearm, while Whitler was charged with providing false information to cops 

A Florida boy was shot and killed while he and his friends allegedly took turns shooting each other while wearing a bulletproof vest. 

Colton Whitler and Joshua Vining, both 17, were arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting death of their friend, 16-year-old Christopher Leroy Broad Jr. 

The two teens are being tried as adults, according to the Belleview Police Department. It’s not clear how they obtained the firearm or the body armor.

‘I saw a teenage boy come outside all hysterical screaming,’ said Joe Vanhouten, a neighbor who witness the aftermath of the fatal shooting. 

‘A sad deal that teenage boys being I guess being teenagers, not realizing the possible consequences of what they were doing.’  

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Pictured: Joshua Vining, 17, was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child with a firearm

Colton Whitler, 17, pictured, was charged with providing false information to law enforcement

The teens were allegedly taking turns wearing a bulletproof vest, like the ones pictured above (exact vest not pictured)

Police on scene during Sunday’s fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy

The shooting took place in Belleview, about 70 miles northwest of Orlando), where officers responded to a dispatch call on Sunday. 

There, police said they found the boy inside the home with a gunshot wound. He was rushed a nearby hospital, where he later died. 

Another friend who was present at the time of the shooting, 18-year-old Evan Vowell, reportedly took video of the incident, which was later given to law enforcement, according to Click Orlando. 

He told authorities that Vining had initiated the deadly game after bringing out a bulletproof vest and a handgun.

Vowell’s video reportedly recorded Vining asking: ‘Has anyone ever seen anyone get shot with a bulletproof vest on?’ 

It also reportedly showed Broad Jr. taking the first shot at Vining as he wore the body armor while Whitler stood nearby.  

Cops interview friends and family members at the Belleview home where Broad Jr. was accidentally shot and killed Sunday

The two switched as Broad Jr. put on the vest and the video allegedly shows Vining taking the gun and shooting him once.

After Broad Jr. gives a nod Vining, he allegedly shoots him four more times, according to the clip.

Police say the video and Vowell’s statement contradicted Whitler’s statement after he told police ‘my house just got shot up, my friend got shot in the chest.’

Whitler, who was reported as a witness to the shooting, had also said that Vowell had shot Broad Jr., however police said the evidence said otherwise. 

Vining has since been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child with a firearm, while Whitler was charged with providing false information to law enforcement. 

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