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Police: Teen hid arsenal in his bedroom

A 17-year-old accused of shooting a 12-year-old neighbor in the head kept a cache of weapons in his bedroom, Broward Sheriff's deputies say.
/ Source: NBC News

A 17-year-old accused of shooting a 12-year-old neighbor in the face kept a cache of weapons in his bedroom, Broward Sheriff's deputies say.

Jose Torres, 17, was initially charged with attempted manslaughter, but also faces a slew of gun charges, NBC station WTVJ in Miami reported on its website, NBCMiami.com.

But the victim, 12-year-old Anthony Alejandre, died at a hospital Friday afternoon. He had been shot through his right cheek, and the bullet severed his spinal cord.

A search revealed numerous weapons in Torres' bedroom, including knives, swords, brass knuckles, and a suitcase under the bed containing two 9mm semi-automatic pistols, a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, a Tech 9 machine gun, and a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun, WTVJ reported.

This wasn't the first injury Torres is alleged to have inflicted on his younger neighbor.

Just a week before the shooting, Torres allegedly paid the boy $500 to let him stab his leg with a knife. it took seven stitches to close the wound.

When detectives interviewed Torres, he initially lied and said Alejandre was playing with one of his guns and shot himself.

Then he told deputies that he accidentally shot Alejandre after pointing a loaded 9mm pistol at him. He said he didn't know a bullet was in the chamber.