Unimaginable Horror: 14-Year-Old Boy Shoots Mother to Death

RIVERVIEW, Fla. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy allegedly shot his mother to death and critically injured her boyfriend in a heartbreaking incident that unfolded in Riverview, Florida. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple reports of a shooting on Saturday, September 16, 2023, in the Lynmoor Drive area. As deputies arrived at the scene, they encountered the armed suspect, who repeatedly threatened to harm himself. Through skilled negotiation, law enforcement officers were able to convince the suspect to lower his weapon. However, he later attempted to retrieve it, leading to his apprehension with the use of a less lethal round.

During the active situation with the armed suspect, deputies discovered a male victim who had been shot multiple times. The victim, who managed to seek refuge in a neighbor’s home, was promptly transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Tragically, deputies also found a deceased female victim on a nearby driveway. The suspect, identified as 14-year-old Adeem Berry, was determined to be related to the female victim.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister expressed his deep sorrow over the incident, describing it as a “scene of nightmares and absolute heartbreak.” He emphasized the profound impact on the family involved, stating that the suspect’s life would never be the same. Chronister commended the deputies for their calm and collected approach during the negotiation, highlighting their exemplary de-escalation tactics.

The motive behind the shooting remains unknown, and no charges have been announced at this time. The investigation is ongoing, with updates to be provided by the HCSO Public Affairs Office. In light of this tragic event, the HCSO encourages individuals who may be victims of domestic violence or fear its potential to seek support from community resources such as The Spring, which offers safe spaces and empowering services to survivors and their children.

This devastating incident serves as a reminder of the profound consequences of gun violence within families. The impact on the victims, their loved ones, and the community at large is immeasurable. As authorities continue their investigation, the focus remains on understanding the circumstances surrounding this tragic event and providing support to those affected.