SANFORD, Fla. (KFSM) -- A boy and his friends were playing with Nerf guns when police say a 30-year-old man loaded a real gun and shot one of them, WKMG reports.
The Sanford Police Department says Anthony Knuth was drunk on whiskey and beer when he pulled the trigger, shooting a 7-year-old boy in the kneecap.
The boy's mother reportedly thought he was shot by a BB gun, so she took him to the hospital in a taxi. Doctors told her he was shot with a .22-caliber bullet and he would need surgery to remove the lead fragments.
WKMG says Knuth told officers he had taken shots of Southern Comfort, drank several beers and didn't remember shooting the child.
He was arrested and charged with child neglect with great bodily harm and using a weapon while under the influence of alcohol.