14-year-old arrested in connection to Jacksonville 6-year-old’s shooting death

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — UPDATE | June 16, 6 p.m.

Family of Danny Waye, the 6-year-old boy who was shot and killed Tuesday, has shared a photo of the boy with Action News Jax.

Family shared this photo of Danny Waye (left), a 6-year-old boy who was killed after shooting himself while handling a loaded gun he found.

A family member of Danny said the shooting was accidental. Police said the boy found the loaded gun in a bedroom and shot himself while handling it.

Police said a 14-year-old boy has been arrested for culpable negligence in the fatal shooting of Danny.

UPDATE | June 16, 4:01 p.m.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy.

The teen is facing a charge of culpable negligence. Action News Jax is not identifying the teen due to his age and the charge he is facing.

Police said the 6-year-old was in a bedroom, watching TV, when he located a loaded handgun and shot himself in the facial area while handling the gun.

The gun was last in the possession of the 14-year-old, investigators found. He was arrested for culpable negligence “for the improperly stored firearm,” JSO said.

UPDATE | June 16, 2:50 p.m.

Multiple sources tell Action News Jax police have made an arrest in the death of a 6-year-old boy less than 24-hours after being accidentally shot inside a Jacksonville home.

Action News Jax reporter Bridgette Matter will offer a live report with the latest development on FOX30 at 4.

UPDATE: June 16, 7 a.m.

A family member of the 6-year-old who died after being shot in the head Tuesday night said the shooting was accidental.

Zachary Williams, the uncle and caretaker of the child he identified as Danny Waye, said the boy was playing with a gun that was brought to the home by a friend.

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Williams said he was asleep at the Northwest home on Allene Road when he heard the gunfire.

Medical personnel responded and tried to provide treatment but the boy was ultimately pronounced dead at the home.

Williams said he has been caring for him since he was 2 years old and said Danny’s parents are incarcerated.

Action News Jax is working to learn from police whether anyone will face any charges in the child’s death.

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Williams doesn’t believe anyone should be charged.

“There’s more to the story. I’m not gonna be able to say nothing until the police get done their investigation but it was an accident,” Williams said. “He’s a child and I guess curiosity got the best of him.”

June 15, 11:30 p.m. Update:

A 6-year-old boy is dead after being shot in the head in Northwest Jacksonville Tuesday evening, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and JSO responded to the home on Allene Road in Dinsmore around 7:30 p.m. They attempted to provide medical treatment but pronounced the child dead inside the home.

JSO said seven people were home at the time of the shooting. All individuals were detained, taken in for questioning, and are cooperating with investigators.

According to officials, all seven who are being questioned are residents of the home and are a mix of juveniles and adults. That group does not include the child’s parents.

JSO said the boy’s parents do not live at the home where he died, and their location is currently unknown.

However, they do believe the child’s caretaker was one of the seven residents taken in for questioning.

Officials are treating this incident as an ‘undetermined death,’ but say they are in the early stages of a complicated investigation.

We will continue to update this story when new information is available.

June 15, 10:15 p.m. Update:

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported shooting on Allene Road, near Trout River Road. This is in the same location a source tells Action News Jax a child was shot.

Officials say they will provide more information on the incident at 10:40 p.m.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


A source tells Action News Jax a child has been shot in Northwest Jacksonville.

We are in the Dinsmore neighborhood working to learn more details.

Bailey Husker

Bailey Husker, Action News Jax

Bailey Husker is a digital content producer and assignment editor for Action News Jax.

Aurielle Eady

Aurielle Eady, Action News Jax

Aurielle Eady is a digital content producer for Action News Jax.