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2 year old shot in Keystone
Monday, May 11, 2009

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2009

CCSO Investigates Weekend Accidental Shooting

A two-year-old Keystone child remains hospitalized at Shands Gainesville today following a weekend shooting incident. The shooting incident occurred on Friday, May 8th at 11pm. The boy, Conner Keene, underwent surgery for a gun shot wound to his stomach but is expected to survive the injuries.

Meanwhile, Clay County Sheriff’s Office Homicide detectives continue their investigation into how and why the child was shot. There were three sixteen year olds and one nineteen year old in the house at the time of the incident. The location was 6674 Wild Horse Loop in Keystone. Detectives suspect the shooting was accidental but do not believe the two year shot himself. Detectives will meet with local State Attorney officials later this week to review the case evidence, so potential charges are pending. The names of the others involved are not releasable at this time, but will become public record once an arrest is made or once the case is closed without arrest.

Additional information and an incident report will be released once completed.

Just some information in response to your follow up questions:
1) The child is at Shands Gainesville in critical but stable condition.
2) The location of the incident is in Keystone Heights, not Middleburg, as originally stated (6674 Wild Horse Loop)
3) The gun involved in the incident is a .22 caliber hand gun
4) The teenagers at the home at the time of the incident were a mixture of males and females

5-20-09 Update:
Please find attached the full report regarding the 5-8-09 accidental shooting of 2-year-old Conner Keene of Keystone Heights.

This child remains in critical but stable condition at Shands Gainesville.

After extensive investigation and interviews with involved persons, the CCSO reviewed the case at length with the local State Attorney. The decision was made that no charges of any kind would be filed in this case. It remains listed as an accidental shooting, not criminal in nature.

Please note: When reading the attached report, the initial deputy narrative that relates the original story of how the shooting occurred is not the accurate version. Detectives were able to secure the valid, true description of events and that is related in the later part of the report. The victim, Conner Keene, did not shoot himself; he was shot accidentally by the teenager handling the gun in the home.



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