Elderly Florida Woman Arrested For Shooting Child Injured By Stray Bullet Back In July

Three months after a juvenile was struck by a stray bullet on the Fourth of July, detectives with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a 75-year-old Florida woman, according to a news release.

Citrus County investigators have arrested 75-year-old Carol Kolberg. The incident occurred when the victim’s family was setting off fireworks outside their home in the area of West Rolling View Place and West Southern Street in Lecanto, the parents told detectives.

Around 9 p.m., the child fell to the ground screaming and relatives noticed the victim was bleeding, according to the sheriff’s office.

When deputies arrived, first responders were already treating the child’s wound in the abdomen. The young victim was taken to a hospital where medical staff confirmed the victim had a gunshot wound, and the projectile was still in his body. 

During the investigation, detectives learned there have been multiple complaints where Kolberg was regularly seen discharging weapons in the neighborhood. They said two neighbors reported their homes were struck by projectiles in the months leading to the Fourth of July incident.

Citrus County detectives obtained a search warrant for Kolberg’s home, where several firearms were seized and sent to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab for ballistic testing. Rounds fired through one of the firearms matched the projectile recovered from the child.

Kolberg was arrested on an aggravated battery with a firearm charge and for shooting into an occupied dwelling. 

Her bond is set at $20,000.

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