A 10-year-old Miami boy was shot after his father took him on a faux drive-by shooting with a paintball gun — and a frightened homeowner returned fire with real bullets, according to authorities.
Michael Williams, 26, allegedly gave into his son’s pleas late Sunday to take him on a paintball “drive-by shooting,” where police said the boy fired off the unlethal rounds into a crowd gathered in the front yard of an Opa-locka home, the Miami Herald reported.
But the homeowner, identified as Gregory Barns, thought the gunfire was real and that “he and his family were under attack” — leading him to return fire with a real round, striking the boy, police said.
The youngster, who was not publicly identified, was then run over by his father’s van after being shot and losing his balance, police said.
The boy was hospitalized after the shooting, but is expected to recover as of Monday afternoon, WSVN reported.
Williams told the